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Written by Ben Pherson   
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 15:02

Rene Vargas knows he has his hands full Saturday night. But he's put in the work. And he expects his hand to be raised when all is said and done.

That won't come easily. Vargas will be taking on Minnesota legend Nate Howe in the co-main event of Saturday night's Showdown at the Sheraton II at the Bloomington Sheraton.

Vargas, who trains at 10K MMA, is known for his outstanding ground game and overall athleticism. But he's smart enough to know he doesn't want to be on the ground with one of Minnesota's best jiu-jitsu players.

Vargas got his background in wrestling, competing for Luck High School in Wisconsin. He won a state title his senior year at Luck, then moved on to wrestle collegiately at Itasca Community College and briefly at Central Michigan.

With much of his family living the Twin Cities area, Vargas eventually settled in Minnesota. And now he's looking to make a name for himself in MMA.

Vargas is well on his way to doing just that, and a win over Howe would certainly push him in the right direction. We grabbed Vargas between training sessions to find out what it's going to take to earn a victory Saturday night.

Rene thanks for the time. First off, this fight has shifted around weight wise. What's going on there?

VARGAS: It was supposed to be at 205, then he asked for a catch weight of like 220. Then a few weeks later it went up to 240. When he called, I was sitting at like 215, so I was going to have no problem getting to 205. On fight night, I'll probably weight like 220, which is a normal

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