Snapping a two-fight losing streak and earning his first UFC win at the UFC 161 event in June was one of Mitch "Danger Zone" Clarke's biggest and most emotional accomplishments.
"To make it to the UFC is a big accomplishment, to fight and win is a big deal," said Clarke. "It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but it was worth it."
Clarke got his start in his fight career at the high school level in wrestling, becoming a walk on for the University of Saskatchewan wrestling squad and made his professional MMA debut in May of 2007.
Clarke boasts a 10-2 professional record and a 3-0 amateur record.
During Prestige Fight Club MMA September 28th "Fall Out" weekend, Clarke will be sharing ground and pound and top submission techniques at a seminar being held at Sadhana Yoga and Fitness Studio.
"I'll be going over some grappling and submission techniques as well as some unorthodox take downs," said Clarke. "I want to be able to spend some one on one time with the people there."
Mixed Martial Arts has grown in popularity since Clarke made his debut, and he says he's amazed at how it has caught on, noting the moves and techniques have evolved as well.
"Techniques have developed so quickly. If I go back and watch what was cutting edge then, we wouldn't try those techniques anymore," he said.
Always looking for techniques and moves to add to the tool box, Clarke says, he loves teaching.
"I'm a better coach than I am a fighter."
Clarke's UFC contract was recently extended and he says he plans to go back training full time. To be the first fighter out of Saskatchewan to make the UFC is something Clarke is proud of.
"This is a piece of history that will always be mine."
Weyburn residents can register for the 2-hour seminar by calling Cord Crowthers at (306) 581-6121 or by sending a private message to Prestige Fight Club MMA Facebook page. Registration is $35.