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Written by Ben Pherson   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 17:52

Two professional belts will be on the line Saturday when Fearless Fighting Championship returns to Black Bear Casino near Cloquet.

FFC 7 is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and matchmaker Rob Mrotek is putting his 145-pound and 155-pound belts up for grabs.

Tickets for this event are available through ticketmaster.com.

There are four professional fights on this card and 16 amateur bouts.

A pair of American Top Team of Savage fighters will be in action competing for the FFC belts.

ATT's Mitch Jackson will step into the cage against veteran Sammy Cleveland.

Jackson is 15-2 as a professional, and he's climbed to No. 5 in the MNMMANEWS rankings at 145 pounds. He's coming off a win at the last Target Center event in December against Frank Johnson.

Cleveland doesn't have the best record, but he's been in the cage against guys like Roger Huerta, Joey Clark and Dave Menne. Cleveland was away from the sport for years, but he returned to pick up a win in 2010 at a King of the Cage event.

"Sammy says he's 20-13, and I know he's been in there against a lot of tough guys," Mrotek said. "Mitch is obviously with that crew from Savage, and he lost that controversial decision to Bergeron. Mitch is tough. I'm not sure where Sammy is training, but he's been a pleasure to work with. He wants to fight the best."

Jackson's teammate, Ashkan Morvari, also will be fighting for a title Saturday. Morvari will take on Jason Benson for the 155-pound title.

Mrotek is making James Warfield vacate that belt because he is no longer defending it. Morvari lost the belt to Warfield last year.

Morvari also is coming off a win at the last Target Center event. He destroyed Bobby Ferrier with a first-round stoppage.

Morvari is 10-4 as a pro and is ranked No. 2 in Minnesota at 155.

Benson is stepping in on one week's notice. The title fight originally was supposed to feature

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