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One-on-One with Joey Clark
Andrew Hipps, Senior Writer

Joey Clark, a St. Paul, Minnesota native, was a Greco-Roman standout for the U.S. Marines from 1996 to 2002. He placed everywhere from fourth to eighth at the U.S. Nationals and U.S. World Team Trials. Following his Greco-Roman wrestling career and service with the U.S. Marines, Clark went on to have success in mixed martial arts (MMA).

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From 2003 to 2008, Joey "The Sandman" Clark posted an impressive 20-5-2 record in MMA competition. He defeated former UFC fighter Brian Gassaway in a 2006 King of the Cage event. But just last month, Clark, who is the older brother of Greco-Roman Olympic hopeful Jake Clark, made the decision to retire from MMA. recently caught up with the 32-year-old Clark and talked to him about his experiences both as a Greco-Roman wrestler for the U.S. Marines and as an MMA fighter, how he expects former wrestling stars Marcus LeVesseur and Joe Warren to fare in MMA, what his younger brother, Jake, has meant to his career, why he made the decision to retire from MMA, and much more...

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