EXCLUSIVE | Dominic Clark on the Inaugural WAR MMA Event | BJPENN.COM Radio
Professional mixed martial artist Dominic “All Day” Clark joined BJPENN.COM Radio this past Wednesday, June 26, 2013 to discuss his most recent win over Chris Quitiquit at the inaugural WAR MMA event this past weekend in Stockton, Ca., in addition to the promotion itself.
Run by Nick Diaz, the eccentric former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and UFC title challenger, the show was heavily focused on by the MMA community. If for nothing else, it certainly garnered interest in regard to seeing how a fighter so notorious for his dislike of anything not involving fighting could put together- and run- an MMA event.
According to Clark (6-2), the first WAR show was well executed and the treatment of out-of-town fighters stood out to him as a gesture that Nick would have wanted had he himself been fighting on the card.
“I thought the fighters got taken care of well. We were put up at a pretty nice hotel, which was right next to the arena,” Clark began, making reference to the Stockton Arena where the event was held. “Obviously traveling around Stockton is at your own risk, but right there around the arena and the hotel were fairly nice.
“We were in locker rooms, not like a room with a mat. Mat space, plenty of room, it was just very comfortable at Stockton Arena,” he continued.
Clark won his fight via TKO by doctor stoppage 37 seconds into the second round, which he seemed impartial to. Despite believing that the stoppage would have come on its own, Clark said that it’s not his job to be the fight doctor, so any decision made is neither here nor there.
The WAR MMA card, which was contested in a ring, had a rule set similar to that of former California-based promotion Strikeforce in that elbows on the ground were eliminated. Through his attorney, Diaz has made it known that he wishes to utilize a set of rules in WAR that more closely resemble that of former Japanese promotion PRIDE. Soccer kicks, knees to the head of a downed opponent and head stomps would all be considered legal should the rule change be implemented.
Though many fans have clamored for a return to PRIDE-style rules in an effort to push the pace of fights, Clark is not one of the many who believe that a change is necessary.
“I’m not a big fan of the PRIDE rules, honestly,” Clark began. “I think those were good during its time, and if we want to have this sport stay around to get the notoriety and kind of stuff that we want then I don’t think PRIDE rules are going to help that at all.”
Now on a three-fight win streak, Clark has not ruled out fighting for WAR Promotions in the future, though he believes a call to the “big leagues” may be just around the corner.
“End goal for me would be UFC. My manager keeps telling me it’s a lot closer than I may think,” said Clark. “So from that, I think I just need a kind of ‘one fight at a time’ thing and hopefully I hear sooner than later. I would definitely love that call after another fight or so.”
To hear the full-length interview with Dominic “All Day” Clark, listen to the player below.