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Written by Ben Pherson   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:36

It's been quite a while since Rochester has seen a mixed martial arts card of this caliber.

Three UFC veterans will be in action and three Gladiators titles will be up for grabs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Graham Arena.

Matchmaker Chad Mason has put together an 11-fight card sprinkled with ranked fighters and some of Minnesota's top prospects.

UFC vets Tommy "The Farmboy" Speer, Chad "The Grinder" Reiner and Brad Kohler will highlight the professional portion of the card. All three will step into the cage against ranked fighters.

In the evening's main event, Speer, who is ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds and trains at the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Academy, will square off against American Top Team of Savage's Ashkan Morvari (9-3).

Morvari is ranked No. 3 at 155, but he'll bump up to face the TUF veteran at 170. Speer is coming off of a win over Team Crazy's Jeremy Lafferty, while Morvari is coming off of a win over Team Crazy's Bruce Johnson.

"I think this is a great fight," Mason said. "Ashkan's a great wrestler, but Tommy is so strong. It will be interesting to see where this fight goes."

Speer said he's prepared for Morvari's wrestling, though he wouldn't mind if the fight went to the ground. "Tommy's ground game is better than people think," Mason said.

One of Minnesota's top prospects will face the greatest test of his young career Saturday in Rochester. Minnesota's Robbie Gotreau (3-0) will take on Reiner in a welterweight showdown.

The Grinder brings a 24-11 record into the fight. He's known as a ground specialist. Reiner went 0-2 in the UFC with

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