In his second fight in the UFC’s lightweight division, former featherweight Alex White (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) shined, dominating Mitch Clarke (11-5 MMA, 2-5 UFC) on the feet en route to a second-round stoppage.
The lightweight bout kicked off today’s UFC 215 prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on FS1.
The two wasted little time engaging, pushing a high pace from the start. It was back-and-forth on the feet to start before Clarke gained a brief Thai clinch and scored with knees inside. However, White looked comfortable as he punched his way free and then looked to land with crisp straights on the outside. White’s punches added up as the round wore on, and he was able to keep upright when Clarke tried to get the fight to the floor.
Striking from southpaw, White’s straight left and right hook were on point early in the second. Clarke wasn’t intimidated, firing back in the pocket, but White’s punches were clearly the more effective blows. With Clarke looking to move inside, White unleashed a barrage of brutal elbows inside that busted his opponent open and left him clearly wobbled. A knee to the body sent Clarke to the floor, but White refused to follow. Back on the feet, a composed White patiently picked his shots, absolutely destroying Clarke with pinpoint strikes. Clarke showed incredible heart, even as blood rushed down his face, but White simply wouldn’t stop the assault. A straight shot sent Clarke again to the floor, and another punch earned a merciful stoppage.
White improves to 2-1 in his past three outings, while Clarke has suffered three consecutive defeats, and the Canadian announced his decision to retire after the fight.
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