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      Edmonton's UFC 215 to Feature Canadian Mitch Clarke

      Edmonton's UFC 215 to Feature Canadian Mitch Clarke

      Mitch Clarke Finally Returns to Edmonton 

      It took a bit of a temper tantrum but Edmonton's own Mitch Clarke is headlining the Fight Pass segment of UFC 215. Born in Saskatoon, Clarke trains at Complete Fitness and Martial Arts in St. Albert. He trains with Greg Jackson and is a teammate to several high-profile fighters like light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Clarke fought and won his first nine pro bouts in the Prairies before entering the UFC but this is his first bout back in Edmonton.

      "They originally wanted to put me on the Pittsburgh card," Clarke told Bloody Elbow. "So I kind of like had a bit of a temper tantrum. They finally put me on the card, and I feel very fortunate".

      Clarke has been with the UFC since 2011 but has only fought once a year. His last fight in Canada came in UFC 161, the promotion's first visit to Winnipeg. He defeated John Maguire by unanimous decision to earn his first UFC victory following a 0-2 start. Clarke is coming from a two-fight losing skid and is in dire need of a victory and doing it in front of his home crowd certainly helps.

      “We're all gritty hard-nosed people. We always plan to bring it."

      Clarke is undefeated fighting in the Prairies and will look to continue on this trend against Alex White, a fighter coming from the lighter featherweight division. White is a tall and lanky fighter who prefers to strike. Like Clarke, he's also fighting for his job having lost three of his last four bouts. This match-up is the eponymous "striker versus grappler" mold. And Clarke plans to show up. "I feel like I represent the Prairies for this fight," the Canuck told the Toronto Sun.

      "I'd like to say Western Canada but there's a bunch of fighters from B.C.. so I can't claim there, but I'm taking the Prairies." Clarke is referring to fellow Canadians Sarah Moras, Kajan Johnson, and newcomer Arjan Bhullar who are also on the card. All come from British Columbia. Clarke is the only fighter from the Prairies as the UFC chose not to schedule Albertans Sheldon Westcott and Jordan Mein. Interesting omissions to say the least.

      Betting on Mitch Clarke and UFC 215

      Clarke opens as a +150 underdog against White, which is amazing value. Canadians can head to the top online sportsbooks to place their bets and receive signup bonuses of up to $200. Clarke has his back to the wall and must win or face his walking papers. He has a significant grappling and size advantage over White, who is fighting up from featherweight. Clarke will bring it to White and whittle him down with his grappling. Grab a submission prop at even bigger odds.

      UFC 215 is flying under the radar but has plenty of promising fights including the rematch between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. Lined evenly at -110 apiece, most predict Nunes will be winning in the early rounds but Shevchenko may rally. A finish is expected at some point. Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has decent value at -210. His opponent, Neil Magny (+170) has a weakness for leg kicks, a forte of the Brazilian. With a title shot looming, dos Anjos has every incentive to win impressively. 

      Two standout wrestlers will also be in action: Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo (-340) will be taking on the most recent title challenger in Wilson Reis (+260) in a must-win scenario for Cejudo who's lost his last two. And Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (-270) will take on Brazilian grappler Ketlen Vieira (+210). McMann is on a three-fight winning streak and will have a significant experience and wrestling advantage. Separately, they are a bit hefty to bet on but in a parlay, their odds go up to -130.

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