Ron van Clief

A UFC vet who competed at UFC 4, Ron van Clief was perhaps the most style-over-substance fighter in UFC history. A martial arts B-movie star in the 70s, he was a former Marine with a background in Goju-Ryu Karate. He trained under Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, Moses Powell and Wing Tsun master Leung Ting. At the time of his UFC debut, he claimed a 10th dan in Goju-Ryu as well as black belts in Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu, Kung-Fu, Arnis de Mano and Zen Jutsu. In reality, van Clief continued the trend of giving Royce Gracie an opening round feature fight. UFC 1 was Art Jimmerson, UFC 2 was Minoki Ichihara, UFC 3 was Kimo Leopoldo (although it's hard to say what Kimo featured at the time, other than his cross). While van Clief earns the distinction of being the oldest fighter to ever enter the octagon, his performance was perhaps the least competitive of the four fighters. Clief would later blame the poor performance on a broken ankle suffered only a week before the fight. While his MMA career may not have been kind to him, it would appear that Hollywood, and martial arts in general, largely were. He currently lives in the Virgin Islands where he teaches martial arts, and as of 2009, was attempting to start his own MMA promotion.

Fighter Stats

Nickname "Black Dragon"
Height 5' 10"
Weight 190
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York, USA