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Rich Clementi Agrees to Fight Shinya Aoki, After Aoki Turns Down Shane Nelson


(Rich’s chest-tattoo is fascinating. He literally buried a pitbull under a rose garden.)

I just want you guys to know that this is the last time we’ll be reporting on the various opponent switches for Shinya Aoki at DREAM.17. If this latest booking falls through, you’ll just have to be surprised on May 29th, because at this point we’re as tired of this mess as you are. And yeah, it’s kind of cruel to be hatin’ on a disaster benefit show, but GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, JAPAN.

Aaaaaanyway, here’s the latest. After Antonio McKee was pulled from the event under mysterious circumstances, DREAM moved to the next name on the list to face Aoki, which happened to be (of all people) BJ Penn training partner and Junie Browning drinking partner Shane Nelson. Nelson turned in a completed bout agreement, but Shinya politely declined the match, which we kind of respect. Nevertheless, Nelson was awarded a two-fight deal with DREAM for his troubles. (Cash equivalent: 1/20th of one cent.)

DREAM quickly scrambled and got in touch with a fairly more legitimate name: Rich Clementi. 40-19-1 overall, the UFC veteran and submission specialist holds career wins over Anthony Johnson, Sam Stout, and Melvin Guillard (the infamous “nuts on my neck” fight), but has struggled recently in regional promotions, going 7-5 since being bounced out of the UFC in 2009. “No Love” last competed at Superior Challenge 7 in Sweden last month, dropping a very controversial decision to Reza Madadi, which he unsuccessfully appealed.

Luckily, Aoki has verbally agreed to face him. As long as Clementi can resist the urge to greet his host country during the fight, this could be a surprisingly good scrap.

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FightZen- May 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Flyingogoplata has more excuses for Rich Clementi than Tito has for... well, himself!
Tats- May 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm
I loved when Rich got triangled by that unknown kid. Was hilarious.
Boo- May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am
I hope both of these faggots kill each other.
flyingogoplata- May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am
Clementi may only be 7-5 since leaving the UFC but the "loss" to Madadi was a clear win and his TKO loss to Jensen was because he fractured his clavicle taking Jensen down. His loss to Vanier in Bellator should have been a win too but for some unexplained reason no point was taken on a brutal illegal knee to the head.

Clementi's gonna give Aoki one hell of a fight.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 18, 2011 at 10:07 am
@1962f85

You mean the fight against Aaron derrow? Yes.. Yes he did.
Fried Taco- May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am
Looks like Nelson will be fighting at Dream 18, aka the fundraiser to save Dream.
1962f85- May 18, 2011 at 9:22 am
Didn't Rich just get submitted by a no-namer not too long ago?
Jesus Frijoles- May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am
His tattoo looks like the front of a box of cornflakes.
agentsmith- May 18, 2011 at 9:10 am
Nelson might as well make origami out of that Dream deal for all it's worth.
kellyman- May 18, 2011 at 8:51 am
Next week's headline: "Aoki to fight holographic image of self"
fightfan- May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am
I am so sick of hearing Aoki. Sure he is a great grappler, but couldnt fight his way out of a wet paper bag. Clementi is good opponent to put a hurting on Aoki. He will do exactly what Gil did. HE will stuff takedowns & make him pay for it everytime. Rich might even KO him.
LOKI- May 18, 2011 at 8:09 am
Thats a bad fight for Aoki to take. Nelson isnt much of a name but isnt near as savvy as Clementi. Despite the fact he may be a bit shop-worn, I see 'No Love' keeping it standing and KTFO the 'Baka Survivor'.
ExpectJesusBro- May 18, 2011 at 8:08 am
Protect yo' neck, Inspecta deck.
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