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April 12, 2013

Dalton gym doubles down on titles

Morgan, Slaughter win belts at 3FC event

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“It lets people know the gym isn’t a joke, that we do train and are pretty good at it,” he said. “Our gym is a grinding gym where we work really hard and it pays off.”

Slaughter, 26, and Morgan, 29, became the gym’s third and fourth championship holders. Dustin Dyer and David Miles won championships in the X Series and Rising Fight League in 2010.

“This 3FC event, they set out to make it the biggest 3FC event to date and did that,” said Leonardo Lechuga, the gym’s owner. “They had three pro fights on the card and five championships on the line. They gave us an opportunity in two of the title matches. The fight predictors and MMA insiders were predicting us to lose both.”

Lechuga said the 3FC promotion, which is based in Tennessee, had competitors primarily from that state and Georgia, plus Virginia and North Carolina. But he added that Saturday’s show even attracted a fighter from Utah, and the gym going 2-for-2 in title matches at an event this large adds to the prestige.

“When we go out, we want Dalton to be recognized as a place where good fighters come from,” he said. “I think we did pretty good with that.”

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