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Written by Ben Pherson   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:03

After a successful first show, North Star Combat returns with its second show tonight at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.

Matchmaker Ross Baker has put together a 13-fight card, mixed with amateurs and pros, newcomers and veterans.

Fights are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. tonight, with doors opening at 7. A few tickets still remain.

The night's main event will feature a heavyweight showdown between Minnesota's Cameron Befort and veteran Brian Heden.

Heden is coming off a huge win over UFC veteran Sean McCorkle in March. He also holds a win over Minnesota standout Karl Knothe and suffered a loss to Brett Rogers.

"Brian is fresh off a win over UFC veteran Sean McCorkle at WMM1 in El Paso, Texas," Baker said. "He is looking for another win before heading into a major promotion. Cameron has recently lost to Sean McCorkle at CFA in Miami and considers this fight to be a way of avenging that loss since Heden has a victory over him. This is Brian's first time fighting in Minnesota since 2010. He only lives roughly an hour away, so it's essentially in his back yard."

Baker said he's also excited for a 135-pound showdown between Kevin Clark and Todd Tibbetts. Both are 1-0.

"It should be a good fight," Baker said. "Kevin is coming off an impressive win over Mike Bahr in Red Lake. Kevin is a White Earth Enrollee and is excited about getting to fight at home. He has spent some time training in Bemidji and has spent a portion of his camp with Randy Kittelson at the Get Sum Compound in

St. Cloud. Both Randy and his trainers in Bemidji expect him to put on an amazing show and showcase some new technique."


Veteran pros Bruce Nelson and Roger Stiner met in the cage nine years ago, and they'll finally get their rematch tonight.

"Bruce Nelson versus Roger Stiner is a rematch nine years in the making. First time they met, Bruce won by TKO due to a slam and ever since Roger has wanted a rematch," Baker said. "Roger comes into the fight on a two-fight winning streak."

Baker said he expects the heavyweight tilt between John Loeken and Ben Strandlien to keep the fans entertained.

"John is coming of a 15-second KO over Levi Pray from the Red Lake fight, and is looking to impress again with a big KO," Baker said. "Ben is looking into breaking into MMA with this being his first fight. There is a rough history between these two and it should be a great fight with both of them bringing in bad blood."

Finally, Baker looks forward to a matchup between Timi Ogundipe and Cory Lynch.

"This should be another great fight as Cory Lynch called out Timi just a couple days ago, and without hesitation Timi accepted the challenge," Baker said. "The fight will be at a catch weight of 165 pounds."


Mahnomen • Saturday

Heavyweight — Brian Heden (22-11) vs. Cameron Befort (5-6).

205 — Bruce Nelson (23-34) vs. Roger Stiner (7-11).

135 — Kevin Clark (1-0) vs. Todd Tibbetts (1-0).

Heavyweight — John Loeken (1-0) vs. Ben Strandlien (0-0).

155 — Calvin Clark (1-0) vs. Alex Pederson (0-0).

175 — Patrick Lee (1-0) vs. Jake Wymann (0-1).

165 — Timi Ogundipe (1-0) vs. Cory Lynch (2-3).

145 — Mark Niemela (1-0) vs. Zach Jackson (0-1).

155 — Tristan Cloud vs. Hunter Pederson (0-0).

Heavyweight — Tony Quinn (0-0) vs. Thomas O'Connor (1-1).

145 — Jesse Rogge (0-1) vs. Cody Gardner (0-0).

145 — Thomas Gullikson vs. Casey Lucken (0-0).

135 — Ethan Niemela (0-0) vs. James Rojas III (0-0).