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Mitch Clarke retires following UFC 215 loss to Alex White

Mitch Clarke Esther Lin, MMA FIghting

EDMONTON, Alberta — Mitch Clarke called it a career in his adopted hometown.

The veteran Canadian lightweight announced his retirement on Saturday night following his second-round TKO loss to Alex White at UFC 215. The bout was the 31-year-old competitor’s third straight loss.

“It was great to fight here in Edmonton in my adopted hometown,” said Clarke. “Tonight, you saw my final fight.”

A native Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who is now based in Edmonton, Clarke retires with a record of 11-5. While noted for his toughness, Clarke was 2-5 in the UFC. His highlight was a submission victory over Al Iquinta at UFC 173, which earned him a performance of the night bonus.

Clarke, who received loud and vocal support from the crowd at Rogers Place, fared well in the opening round. But White opened up on Clarke for the majority of the second before the referee finally waved it off late in the round.

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