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Wisniewski vs. Clements at UFC 145


Duneland Vale Tudo’s Keith Wisniewski has been slated to fight at UFC 145 in Canada. Wisniewski will battle Chris Clements on March 24 in a welterweight match during the prelim fights, as reported by Matt Erickson of NWITimes.com.

This will be the second fight of Wisniewski’s second stint with the promotion. He made his return to the UFC against Josh Neer at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson in October, losing via TKO after a doctor stoppage due to cuts.

After the first round of that fight, Neer told his corner that he thought Wisniewski broke his ribs after a hard body shot, but he pressed on. He proceeded to land the elbows that would stop the fight in round two. Wisniewski wanted to keep fighting.

“I thought that I could have continued and both myself and my cornerman lobbied the doctor to allow the fight to continue,” Wisniewski told Chicago’s MMA. “I felt that the doctor didn’t take a very close look at the cuts before deciding to stop the fight, as he made the call without ever coming over to me to actually inspect the cuts. That being said, I took over 20 stitches total on four different cuts and two staples on my scalp. The cut over my left eye was long and fairly deep. I’d like to have seen the fight continue, but it’s hard to argue that the doctor decision to stop the bout didn’t have any merit.”

Clements, who hails from Ontario, will be making his first appearance in the UFC at age 35. He owns a career record of 10-4, and has fought tough vets like John Alessio, Jonathan Goulet and Rich Clementi. He also had one fight in the IFL, getting stopped via TKO by Rory Markham in the first round.

Wisniewski, 30, had a 6-fight winning streak stopped by Neer in October. He holds a 28-13-1 professional record, and previously fought in the UFC at UFC 56, losing to Nick Thompson via decision.

Wisniewski has been fighting locally since 1998. He fought Jeff Curran and Joey Gilbert when they were both still amateurs. He fought Shonie Carter back in 1999, and fought on the same JKD Challenge 3 card as Matt Hughes. He has fought in HFC, XFO, C3, Cut Throat MMA, TFC and Ironheart Crown.

Wisniewski and his brother Justin are also promoters, putting on the Duneland Classic events. Those events have featured local fighters such as Eddie Wineland, Dan Hornbuckle, John Kolosci, Josh Shockley, Yusup Saadulaev, Darren Elkins and Kevin Knabjian.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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