Mitch ClarkeMitch is a wrestler turned mixed martial artist training with the Hayabusa's Team Yokai in St. Albert, Alberta. Mitch started his training wrestling in high school and made the transition to wrestling for the University of Saskatchewan. After several years of wrestling, Mitch wanted to try a new challenge and became interested in the sport of mixed martial arts when his cousin showed him a VHS tape of Ultimate Ultimate 1996. Mitch inspired by the results the wrestlers were having in MMA decided to begin training and found a local gym and signed up.
Mitch had his first professional MMA fight in May of 2007 for the Extreme Cage Wars promotion against Jase Nibourg and on by submission due to strikes 89 seconds into the first round. Mitch eventually moved to Edmonton, AB and joined the reputable Team Threat consisting of many great Canadian fighter including Jeff Montemurro, Victor Bachmann, Luke Harris and Travis Galbraith Mitch's next big fight was in September, 2008 in the Evolution Fighting Championships inaugural show and was competing for the promotions welterweight championship, winning the bout and the championship belt in 3 minutes due to a modified guillotine choke in 3 minutes.
"Several years after his first professional MMA fight, Mitch is still training with Team Yokai and after 7 professional fights is still undefeated"
Eventually, Team Threat became amalgamated into the Hayabusa's Team Yokai combining itself with other prominent professional fighters out of Edmonton, Ab. Mitch would return to defend his title at EFC 2against the local favorite Paul Grandbois and defeated the challenger with an inverted armbar in the second round.