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West Fargo's Dane Sayers claimed the MAX Fights Middleweight Championship title and belt on Nov. 14 in Fargo.

WF's Sayers claims MMA title and belt

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West Fargo's Dane Sayers claimed the MAX Fights Middleweight Championship title and belt on Nov. 14, defeating Tom Van Kley, Sioux Falls, S.D., with a standing guillotine choke hold in the first round. 

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Proving Grounds at The Venue in Fargo, was at near full capacity with 850 in attendance for Sayers' seventh MMA fight, bringing his professional record to an undefeated 7-0.

Undercard results were as follows: Tat Romero, Iron Range, Minn., defeated Jake Meyer; Jeremy Stetz, Barnesville, Minn., defeated Aaron Downing; Jared Zahalka,  Hibbing, Minn., defeated Josh Burgett; Webster Cox, Lake City, Minn., defeated Dan Jones; Cameron Ramberg, Fargo, defeated Chase Kerber; Shane Jones, Hibbing, defeated Nick RunningBear; Nick Wagner, Fargo, defeated Dominick Oliver; Carl Klocke, Carrington, N.D., defeated Andrew Keller; and John Kalenze, Fargo, defeated Jason Ehresmann.

Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact combat sport combining martial arts traditions such as Jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling. Victory in a match is gained in one of several ways: by the judges' decisions, a stoppage by the referee or ring doctor, by submission, knockout or by a competitor's cornerman throwing in the towel. A fighter also may admit defeat during a match by tapping out.

MAX Fights next MMA event will be Jan. 23, at the Urban Plains Center. For more information, visit www.maxfights.net.

Sayers is a 2006 West Fargo High School graduate and lives in West Fargo with his wife, Megan, and their son.

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