Longtime MMA fighter Rich Clementi has been in this position before.
During his 13 years and 66 professional fights in the MMA world, he's faced countless opponents who were dubbed the next big thing, much like undefeated Alexander Sarnavskiy, whom he faces at Friday's Bellator 77 event.
"This isn't going to be the first time I've dethroned an undefeated fighter with a lot of hype around him," Clementi told MMAjunkie.com.
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Sixty-eight professional mixed martial arts fights, no matter against who or where, is not too shabby.
The fact that Rich Clementi has done it all across the country and around the world for the biggest promotions just has to be icing on the cake. But this week, after 13 years in the sport, Clementi decided to hang up the gloves.
Just three days after a loss in Bellator's lightweight tournament semifinals, Clementi announced his retirement on his Facebook page.
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Rich Clementi has retired from active competition in mixed martial arts. read news >>
With improvements made to his training and private life, Rich Clementi enters Bellator "on a mission" in New Orleans on Sept. 9... read news >>
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Bellator officials announced the signings of five fighters on Thursday, led by the additions of light heavyweight veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and undefeated Russian heavyweight Dmitriy Sosnovskiy.
Sokoudjou (14-12), who is perhaps most famous for stunning Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona with back-to-back first-round knockouts as an unknown prospect in 2007, joins Bellator's 205-pound division hampered by a two-fight losing streak, having suffered consecutive KO/TKO losses to Evge read news >>
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All main event fighters made weight without any problems, including Desmond Green (145.2) and Daniel Weichel (145.8) before their for featherweight tournament final.
Bellator 119 takes place on May 9 in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Full Bellator 119 weigh-in results:
Desmond Green (145.2) vs. Daniel Weichel (145.8) – featherweight tournament final
John Alessio (160) vs. Eric Wisely (159.6)
Vaughn Anderson (170.6) vs. Marius Zaromskis (170.1)
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All 24 fighters competing at tonight's Bellator 100 event successfully made weight for the milestone show. read news >>
Undefeated MMA fighter Kaue Mena remains in a Brazilian hospital after an altercation that involved Bellator fighter Maiquel Falcao turned violent. read news >>
Season 7 lightweight finalist Marcin Held was surprised that Rich Clementi went to the ground with him, but nonetheless thankful. But tonight, he has Dave Jansen on his mind and a Bellator tournament title. read news >>
Rich Clementi was bound and determined to not let Marcin Held and his leg lock obsession keep him from moving on.
But Held had other plans. The Polish lightweight spent most of the first round looking for any kind of a leg lock he could get, and in the second finally got it. Clementi tapped, and the 20-year-old Held moved on in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament.
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