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The World Extreme Cagefighting event scheduled for Columbus, OH in March has some serious Chicago flavor. In addition to Miguel Torres and Bart Palaszewski, Team Top Notch lightweight Ricardo Lamas will also fight on the card.

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Lamas is coming off a victory at WEC 44 last November.  He beat James Krause by unanimous decision and improved his WEC record to 2-1.  His opponent will be Bendy Casimir, a native of France who’ll be making his American and WEC debut.

Lamas told Chicago’s MMA he’ll do part of his training camp in Florida at MMA Masters, a gym run by BJJ wizard Daniel Valverde. It will be interesting to see if “The Bully” looks to implement a lot of sub work into this upcoming fight.  Despite his wrestling background (All American at Elmhurst College) he has leaned towards showcasing his Muay Thai in his last two fights, although portions of his match against Krause were spent on the ground. Valverde is a former world champion who has trained with former UFC heavyweight champion and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Noguiera.

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WEC 47 is March 6 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The main event features Brian Bowles’ first defense of his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz. It will be a dream weekend for MMA fans: The Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Fitness Expo is the same weekend. The Arnold Expo has been a great supporter of the sport, regularly spotlighting autograph sessions with MMA stars as well as hosting one of the biggest submission tournaments in the midwest.

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