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UFC Fight Night 9: Carneiro to Face Rich Clementi

Roan Carneiro (10-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his UFC debut against Rich Clementi (24-11-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) according to Carneiro was scheduled to face Anthony Torres.

The substitution pits Carneiro against a more experiened opponent but one that would likely give Carneiro a tougher fight and more exposure. Carneiro talked about the exposure in the article:

“The guy is a more recognized name. I’m gonna go after him with all I’ve got, since I want to make an impression in my first fight in the octagon.”

Despite the change in opponents the Brazilian fighter hasn’t changed him training, at least not drastically:

“The Hawaiian [Torres] is good on the ground, Clementi is more of a standup guy. I will trade standing a little, of course, but I will not break from my Jiu-Jitsu. I am going to watch the American’s fights over the coming days, but I know he is moving up in weight, and he has fought well-known competition, among them Caol Uno, Marcus Aurélio… I am training hard…”

Clementi lost to Caol Unonearly one year ago before coming to the UFC. In the octagon “No Love” posted a loss to Din Thomas at the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale before winning against Ross Pointon at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.

Carneiro lost in his last fight in Noveber to Fabio Negao via unanimous decision.

Although the match might provide a greater challenge for Carneiro a win could instantly make many more fans aware of him. Both fighters are rather inexperienced as UFC fighters with just a ocmbined 3 matches so both have lots to prove in this preliminary fight.

Here’s the current card for the April 5th event:

Main Card Fights:
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Antoni Hardonk vs.
Justin McCully

Preliminary Bouts:
Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBD
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Thiago Tavares
Wilson Gouveia vs. Seth Petruzelli
Roan Carneiro vs. Rich Clementi

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