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Dan DownesAnother Chicago-area fighter has been added to the WEC 53 card in Glendale, Arizona. Danny Boy Downes will be fighting Tie Quan Zhang, “The Mongolian Wolf”.

Danny, 24, was born and raised in Mount Greenwood neighborhood and is an honors grad of St. Ignatius High School and Marquette University. He fights out of Milwaukee and the Duke Roufus camp.

Downes made his WEC debut at WEC 49, when he stepped in for Ed Ratcliff to face former IFL champion Chris Horodecki — in Horodecki’s hometown. He took the fight on just a few days notice. It was a baptism by fire. Downes was eventually submitted by Horodecki, but he won a lot of fans that night with an enormous display of heart and toughness.

“Danny is super-tough. He’s a tough, tough Irish kid.” Horodecki said. “Thank you for stepping up to the plate … Hat’s off to him.”

Now Downes will get to face China’s Tie Quan Zhang. Zhang fought at WEC 51 and defeated Pablo Garza by a guillotine choke in the first round. It was his first fight in America. In China, Zhang was 12-0 with all the wins coming by way of KO or submission. It will be another tough test for Downes, who holds a 6-1 pro record with 5 wins coming by way of TKO and 1 unanimous decision win.

Also on the card is Team Curran’s Bart Palaszewski, who will battle Kamal Shalorus. Bartimus is currently riding a 4-fight win streak.

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