Dominic “All Day” Clark is one of the top fighters at CXF, and April 21st in California at CXF 12 he will get the chance to reclaim the title he lost towards the end of 2016, with a title fight against Darren Smith JR. Prior to the event, I got in touch with Clark to find out more about the man himself and to see what made “All Day” the mixed martial artist he is today.
Clark grew up in Virginia and began wrestling in high school. He immediately fell in love with the sport, as it came naturally to him, he wrestled for three years and won the Virginia state title in his junior year. Trouble wasn’t far behind though, as a string of juvenile offences caught up with Clark, capped off with a driving under influence charge when he was only 16. The judge took a liking to “All Day” and instead of slinging him in jail they decided to send him to the Hargrave Military Acadamy, a boarding school in Virginia. The discipline and structure of the school had the effect on him the judge had hoped it would, as Clark turned his life around for the better and started to impress both academically and in athletics.
Clark ended up procuring a 34-0 wrestling record and won his second state title, as a result, he was invited to the national tournament where he became an All-American placing sixth in the nation. This made Clark’s dreams come true as he was offered a full ride wrestling scholarship with Fresno State University which he happily attended. After three years, the University cut their wrestling program leaving the All American in search of his next adventure, then he came across Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After progressing fast in BJJ Clark was invited to train MMA, and “All Day” was born.
After only six months of training, Clark turned pro with no amateur fights. He went on a three-fight win streak and was signed by Strikeforce all in the first 12 months of beginning to train mixed martial arts. “All Day” then moved to Los Angelas to train full time and to make himself a more complete fighter. Doubt must have crept in though when Clark lost his next two fights. But Clarke came back firing from all cylinders when he won his next three fights back to back all with finishes.
Clark mentioned how beating UFC veteran Chris Saunders was an eye opener for him, as it proved he was more than capable of beating the best in the world on his night, and fully cemented himself as a brilliant mixed martial artist. Clark went on to become the CXF lightweight champion with a first-round submission victory over Emilio Chavez, but he then lost his strap in a close decision to Danny Navarro. However, Clark beat a very tough Chris Cully in his last fight, giving “All Day” the chance to redeem himself and to once again carry the torch for CXF’s lightweight division.
Flash K.O’s, slick submissions, and wrestling that even Daniel Cormier would appreciate, are all tools Clark has in his arsenal. His goals are clear, to win his belt back and to one day fight in the Ulitmate Fighting Championships 155 pound division!