Black, Clementi return at Extreme Challenge 64
OSCEOLA, Iowa — They left the sport for different reasons, but Jason Black and Rich Clementi will make their return on the same night… both looking to win Extreme Challenge championships.
Black, who owns the sport’s best record at 18-0-1, retired from the sport after beating Keith Wisniewski on Aug. 7, 2004. After getting married and starting a family, Black admits to missing the sport and returns to face Kyle Jensen (32-8) of River Falls, Minn., for the EC welterweight championship.
Clementi (23-9) has been out for 8 months after suffering ACL and MCL tears in his knee during a fight in New Jersey. Clementi, a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, went on to win his fifth in a row, but is just now getting back in the ring. He will face Chris Mickle (12-3-2) of Des Moines for the EC lightweight championship.
Extreme Challenge 64 is scheduled Oct. 15 at Terrible’s Lakeside Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 877-477-5253 ext. 259 or they can be purchased online at www.iowatix.com.
In a feature bout, UFC veteran Josh Neer (14-2-1) takes on Nick Thompson (20-8-1) in a tough welterweight battle. Neer is coming off an impressive win over Forrest Petz in Las Vegas, while Thompson just won an 8-man tournament in Mississippi.
In a bout to decide the top contender for the lightweight division, Sean Wilson (9-4) takes on John Strawn (28-6)… and local favorites Victor Moreno, John Halverson and Brandon Anderson are also competing.
Matt Hughes, the current UFC welterweight champion, and Jens Pulver, the former UFC lightweight champion, will be on hand signing autographs.
Extreme Challenge 64
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 PM
Terrible’s Lakeside Casino, Osceola, Iowa
Kyle Jensen (32-8) vs. Jason Black (18-0-1)
Ex. Challenge welterweight title
Rich Clementi (23-9) vs. Chris Mickle (12-3-2)
Ex. Challenge lightweight title
Nick Thompson (20-8-1) vs. Josh Neer (14-2-1)
Sean Wilson (9-4) vs. John Strawn (28-6)
Lightweight No. 1 contender bout
Sean Huffman (6-5) vs. John Halverson (9-2)
Darin Brudigan (5-4) vs. Victor Moreno (13-4)
Dustin Mlynarik (3-4) vs. Rory Markham (6-1)
Branden Anderson (1-0) vs. Nick Brown (2-1)