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Now I know why I didn’t see Rob Hinds at APFC in DeKalb on Saturday night. He had a slightly better gig, serving as a referee for a smaller promotion you may have heard about: the UFC. Hinds took his considerable skills to Indiana for the big show, and he was on Spike for all the world to see. Congrats, Rob!

Congrats are also in order to FLO MMA’s Achour Esho, who was also in Indiana on Saturday night. Esho won yet another boxing match and improved to 10-0 in Evansville. He will fight again on October 30th in Ohio. He is undefeated in both MMA and boxing. Check out FLO MMA’s redesigned website. Even better, you can get in there and train. They have one of the best facilities and gyms around Chicago and you can get a free pass for a week to try it out.

Will Sean Sherk be making an appearance in Oak Brook? Maybe. Cut Throat MMA will be rocking the Double Tree in Oak Brook on Friday night IL. JJ Gilmer takes on Sean Sherk trained undefeated Donald Williams from Minnesota. Will the “Muscle Shark” be cornering Williams? Then in the main event, undefeated Dan Ortiz from the Olympian Center takes on bitter rival and also undefeated Matt Collum from Carlson Gracie Team MMA. Check out the fight poster on the Chicago’s MMA Events page.

Hackney’s Combat Academy also has a killer new redesign for their website. They also just started a new Mixed Martial Arts Class that will be held on Sundays from 1pm to 2:30pm. The first hour of the class will focus on technique and drills and the last 30mins will be sparring or conditioning work. Visit their website for more info, or stop by the gym in Roselle.

Have any news, tips or fight announcements? Send them to matt@chicagosmma.com

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