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3/3/10 9:32 AM
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This weekend 2/29, we had fights in Dubuque for Pinnacle MMA. Jared Downing was in the main event. At the completion of his bout (which he won in impressive fashion!) he got on the mic and called out J. Rice (one of the earlier competitors) as NOT being a Harddrive fighter, which J. Rice had claimed when he was announced to walk to the cage.
Jared said that the only people on the card who were HD fighters were himself and DJ Secora. Jared was right to call out J.Rice. The kids trained with us a few times, but is by NO means a member of our team.

However, there were 3 other Dubuque natives on the card who HAVE been training with us regularly who probably felt slighted by this comment.
They are: Ryan Lyke, Kyle Goodsman, and Adam Shoemaker. They were not only given permission to use our name, but were encouraged to do so.
They have been training with us for a significant amount of time, and have been valuable additions to our team.
After talking to Jared, it all comes down to him being caught in the moment, and pissed at J. Rice for unsanctioned claims of affiliation.
No disrespect was intended for the above 3 fighters.

Those guys have put in the work.
Just wanted to be clear…

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