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Hecht signs with UFC


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CAGE WARRIORS veteran Jake Hecht (10-2-0) will make his UFC debut next month after signing a four-fight deal with the organisation.

The 27-year-old, who has been training out of the MMA Clinic in Cork, Ireland since April, will take on Rich Attonito at UFC 140 in Toronto, Canada on December 10.

Hecht, a native of Missouri, has had three Cage Warriors fights in the past year. Having lost his CWFC debut to Che Mills via unanimous decision, he bounced back by defeating Craig White and Michele Verginelli.

“I’ve had eight years of grinding hours in the gym and absolutely working myself to the bone,” said Hecht.

“I couldn’t be happier with this news. It shows that hard work really does pay off, no matter how long it takes or how many bumps in the road there are.

“I’m enjoying every minute of living here in Cork and I’ve worked especially hard since I arrived here to train at the MMA Clinic. I can’t wait for December 10.”

Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan added: “Jake is a good guy and a top class fighter who deserves this opportunity.

“He has impressed a lot of people with his performances on Cage Warriors shows over the last year and I think he’ll continue to do so.

“It’s great recognition for the MMA Clinic team and we wish Jake the best of luck.”

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