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Trainer and corner man Chris Holt wears his Brian Heden T-shirt proudly and has a celebratory word with Heden, who won early in the 1st round Saturday. BRIAN WIERIMA/DL NEWSPAPERS

Fans pack Freeman Arena to cheer on local MMA fighters

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It was a unique Saturday event, with around 1,000 fight fans clamoring into the hot and humid Kent Freeman Arena to enjoy the first Mixed Martial Arts card in Detroit Lakes in over eight years.


With six bouts on the card, featuring several local fighters, the roar of the crowd was evident as a good show was put on inside the MMA cage. The event was run by Full Nelson Promotions and the Lakes Area Boxing club.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.