This will be a reoccurring series of articles that will profile fighters that many new mma fans may not know a lot of. I hope to profile a different fighter each week. Let me know what you all think of the format and any suggestions to make it better.
Clay competed in his first mixed martial arts fight in June of 2003 with a submission loss to Adam Coppenhaver at Silverback Classic 17. After having mixed success for his first few fights, he would string together fifteen straight wins in various promotions with some of his notable wins coming against former IFL star Bart Palaszewski former Strike Force Champion Josh Thomson.
He would fight in the UFC for the first time at UFC 64, winning via rear naked choke over Justin James. His overall MMA record is 23-9, with his UFC record 3-3. Although his UFC record is not impressive, he has lost two of the fights by decision, one by split in a very close battle against Tyson Griffin. His other loss coming against Roger Huerta where most experts had him winning heading into the 3rd round, but he was caught with a big knee and eventually choked out.
- Sets an unbelievable pace
- Very good ground-and-pound.
- Excellent endurance
- Stand-up game (only four of his 23 wins have come by KO or TKO.)
- Submission defense (five of his nine losses have come by submission.)
- Can have a hard time finishing fighters. (four of his last six wins were decided by the ringside judges.)
Something you may not know.....
At the age of twenty-one and before his MMA career, Clay went to Alaska and spent six weeks on a 210-foot trawler fishing for crab and fish off the coast of Alaska.
Clay will face off with Mac Danzig in tonight's co-main event at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 15. He has had some tough losses and he needs to win tonight to get his name back at the top of the 155 contenders.
If he loses, Clay may become destined to be a gatekeeper for other fighters looking to get to a title shot that Clay desperately wants himself.