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HFC 8: August 20, 2011

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HFC is back on August 20th featuring 3 fighters that appeared on the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter”. The card is billed as a triple main event, will all 3 of the TUF vets in those fights.

Frank Lester from TUF season 9 will take on Justin Ruggio. Ruggio has fought twice in the HFC, scoring wins at HFC 5 and HFC 7. He has also fought locally at G2 Fight Night, Brawl at Bourbon Street and was the Cut Throat MMA middleweight champion.

Lester was the fan favorite during that season, showing an amazing ability to compete while injured, which included losing a few teeth. Lester has gone just 1-2 since losing at the TUF finale to Nick Osipczak.

TUF season 12 contestant Andy Main will take on Gilbert Grappling’s Adam Ward. Ward had a lengthy amateur career locally, fighting in the XFO, G2, TFC and other promotions. He beat Lydell Rhodes at HFC 6. Main also fought at HFC , defeating the always busy Bobby Reardanz.

The third co-main event also pits a Gilbert Grappling fighter against a TUF vet. G2’s Jake Murphy will battle TUF season 5 contestant Rob Emerson. Murphy has rattled off 2 straight wins since his XFO 35 loss, while Emerson has won 2 of 3 since leaving the UFC.

Tickets go on sale July 1st, and you can purchase them by calling 219. 309.1861.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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