It wasn’t the return to the octagon Chris “The Menace” Clements had hoped for at UFC 165. It was the first fight in a year after recovering from shoulder surgery for the Dresden, Ontario fighter, but it ended in a loss.
Stephen Thompson won by KO at 1:27 of the second round, hitting Clements with two solid punches to the head, that sent the fighter to the ground. According to Clements, the fight almost didn’t happen as he injured himself during warmups.
“Sorry everyone it didn’t go as planned,” Clements wrote following the fight. “I popped my knee out back stage at the beginning of warm up. I almost didn’t fight. But I had so many people here that spent $ to see me I couldn’t let you all down. I couldn’t move around much or go for any takedowns. In the end I got caught standing still. Thank you all for your support. It’s been a long road to get here and a lot of sacrifice. Looking forward to some family time,” he continued.
The loss, which occured as part of UFC 165 in Toronto, dropped Clements to 1-1 in the UFC. It would have been his second straight loss, however his previous opponent, Matt Riddle, was stripped of his win against Clements after testing positive for drugs.
Clements currently does not have another fight scheduled. He originally signed a five-fight contract with the UFC, and has completed three of those fights.