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Local fight fans treated to thrilling night of bouts

Amateur MMA events do not get much bigger than the one at Bellefontaine High School on Saturday.

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LEFT: Indian Lake High School graduate Thomas Taylor, top, holds down Dustin King during their heavyweight fight Saturday night. RIGHT: Bellefontaine’s Tim McCavit, top, battles Kevin Bachor in a 170-pound title fight. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: UFC fighter and actor Cung Le autographs a poster during the Iron Tiger Fight Series event Saturday night at Bellefontaine High School. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND)

A trio of UFC fighters, including the popular Cung Le, was on hand for a night of bouts that included three series titles on the line.

Thomas Taylor, Ian Miller and Tim McCavit won title fights to highlight Iron Tiger Fight Series 18.

The event, conducted by Scott Sheeley of Ohio Fitness & Martial Arts, attracted a large crowd to the BHS gymnasium.

Le, who has been trained by Sheeley for his last two UFC fights, made the long trip from California to attend the show. He signed autographs and posed for pictures throughout the evening.

“Scott is one of my best buddies and I wanted to come out and support him and his event,” said Le. “I know my roots and if I can inspire these guys to accomplish their goals, I am happy to do it.”

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