Interview With Mixed Martial Artist Rich "No Love" Clementi by Ben Tatar of CriticalBench.com
1) Critical Bench: What was your first inspiring thought, that triggered the beast in you to become an ultimate fighter?
I wrestled back in High School and loved the UFC when it first came out. I think I was like in 10th or 11th grade. It was one of those things like "Man I would be good at that"
2) Critical Bench: It's a long and hard road to get to the top. So just tell us, what was the coolest and the most hardcore thing that you have ever done while you were training?
This would make an R Rated interview, so I'll leave that one out.
3) Critical Bench: haha, anything extreme can happen in any form of training. Anyway, No Love, being a full contact fighter, crazy things can enter the mind of man when he is fighting. Have you ever had a bizarre thought during a fight?
I was fighting one of the Kotoni brothers in Japan and right after I touched gloves I had a thought. I said "Man this is kinda a weird job to have" Then we began fighting. It was like I wasnt even really there.
4) Critical Bench: What fights will you remember the most, which were most intense?
The ZST 16 man tournament in Japan. It was very intense.
5) Critical Bench: Who was your toughest opponent ever?
Ben Earwood back in the day. He's a gut that use to fight for Pat up in Iowa. He was a top ranked 170lber at the time. The newbee's in the sport probablly will not know who he is because he retired a few years back, but he was really tough.
6) Critical Bench: Being a coach and a fighter, how do you prepare others. Do you mostly feel that love is our greatest educator and are you nice to the people you train, or do you have a "take no prisoners, take no BS and kind of a hard ass mentality"? what's your mental X's and O's/philosophy for fighting?
I am very hard nosed. I think and train my guys to be very mentally tough. I think it is a big part of the game that is overlooked. I dont mind if I or one of my guys lose a fight to a better opponent. Thats the name of the game but dont loose to yourself. You can never get that back.
7) Critical Bench: Are you a heavy lifter, or are your workouts generally fight related?
I really dont weight train much. I spend most of my time doing fighting related workouts.
8) Critical Bench: Let's step away from fighting for a moment. What has been one of your most powerful moments in life to date?
Being in Africa. This question made me think.
9) Critical Bench: Tell us about your family and what it was like being raised with them?
I had a hard life growing up.
10) Critical Bench: Back to fighting again, who do you think is the greatest fighter that ever lived?
I dont know. I give everyone so much credit that fights. Its tough to put in the effort everyday to do this stuff. I dont think some people can even imagine
11) Critical Bench: Makes sense, what is your advice so people could cope with the effort to be the best in the world at fighting or anything else? and what would you like to tell the beginner who wants to be the next World's Best?
Have fun and make good friends in the sport. It really is so much more than just fighting.
12) Critical Bench: What is the best advice that a teacher has given you, and what is the worse advice a teacher has ever given you?
The worst was that I was really good and ready to fight.
the best "Joe Dorekson" Tought me the underhook from the bottom.
13) Critical Bench: Who is your biggest mentor to becoming a better fighter?
Myself, Monte Cox
14) Critical Bench: What are your future goals away from fighting?
To have a stable and happy family.
15) Critical Bench: How do you see your future in fighting?
I'll fight as long as it makes me happy and the fans like to watch me.