I’ve harbored a lot of negative feelings for Rich Clementi ever since he annoyed the shit out of me on the Ultimate Fighter. But lately it’s been a bit tougher to diss the guy. He managed to beat Anthony Johnson, who in my opinion is gonna be the next big thing at 170. Christmas came twice when he put his nuts on Melvin Guillard’s neck after beating him at UFC79. And now he’s stepping up with just a few weeks notice to fight Terry Etim at UFC84.
He’s an interesting choice. Considering Etim is basically a nobody and the fight isn’t going to be televised, there’s no reason why they couldn’t have stuffed a random dude against him when Rob Emerson pulled out. So I’m not really sure the UFC has gone and picked a guy who just went three hard rounds with Sam Stout a few days ago.