Saturday, June 06, 2009

MMA notebook: Davenport's Dietz climbing ladder

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The Quad-Cities never has had a shortage of representation in the professional mixed martial arts world, and another fast-rising competitor from the area will step up in class Sunday night.

Although his fight might not make the national telecast on Versus, Davenport native Kyle Dietz will make his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut against Rafael Rebello.

For Dietz, a bantamweight who trains with Spencer Fisher, it will be his biggest fight to date.

"You can't really go to the WEC out of shape," Dietz said. "Everyone's a world-class fighter."

With an undefeated record of 13-0, Kyle will face an American Top Team member in Rebello, whose record is 5-3-0.

"I don't think anyone's going to have the moves or technique I have," Dietz said. "After training with Spencer and Matt Pena, my striking is going to be hands down one of the best in the WEC."

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