After losing his initial opponent to injury, local fighter Chris Clements has agreed to step into the cage with UFC® veteran Rich Clementi. This match up will be the co-main event alongside the previously announced John Fraser vs. Travis Reddinger fight.
In other news, Ryan Healy has been forced to pull out of his bout with John Alessio due to injury. The Score Fighting Series expects to reschedule the affair in 2012.
This will be a defining fight for Clements (9-4) who is on a three-fight win-streak including a brutal KO that ended the career of former UFC fighter Jonathan Goulet and a devastating spinning back-kick finish of Travis Briere. Clements is a true knockout artist with all nine of his victories coming via TKO or KO.
Clements knows that in order to fulfill his dream of signing a contract with a major American promotion that he must continue to score decisive wins over big name opponents so he will be looking to put an early end to Clementi’s night.
Clementi (42-20-1), however, is a 9-time UFC veteran and has plans of his own on getting back to the big show. He will have a considerable edge in experience over Clements and holds notable wins over Melvin Guillard, Anthony Johnson, Ross Pointon and Clement’s teammate Sam Stout.
Clementi usually competes at lightweight but will be moving up to welterweight for this bout. Clements was originally supposed to face another UFC veteran in Forrest Petz. The change in opponents will also bring a stark contrast in styles as Petz is most comfortable on his feet while Clementi is best known for his stellar ground game.
Nearly 60% of Clementi’s victories have come via submission which would appear to be a monkey wrench in Clement’s preparations. However, after having to deal with possibly not being on the card at all, Clements was relieved when event organizers found another opponent of Petz’ caliber if not the same style.
"I have been training for nine weeks for a right-handed striker and now a week away I find out I'm facing a left- handed grappler," says Clements. "But I don't see the end result any different. My arm will still be raised at the end of the fight."
The card will take place at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario. All ten fights will be streamed live on theScore.com with commentary by The Score Fighting Series’ broadcast team of Mauro Ranallo and Robin Black. The live stream will not be available in the Sarnia area. The fights will also air on The Score Television Network at a later date.
Tickets start at $40 and are available at the RBC Centre box office and online at www.rbccentresarnia.com.