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Eric Peterson, Published January 09 2014

West Fargo grad Ramberg can now focus on opponent after three others opted out of fight

FARGO – Cameron Ramberg has known he would be in the main event of Saturday’s Winter Brawl since November, but his opponent hasn’t remained the same.

“We’re going to go into it like it’s not a big deal, but it is nice to know what you are up against,” said Ramberg, a 2008 West Fargo High School graduate.

Ramberg (9-1) is slated to fight Mike De La Torre

(10-3) at Scheels Arena, which is the site of the mixed martial arts event that is being promoted by Dakota Fighting Championships.

Three others opted out against Ramberg for various reasons before De La Torre, who is from San Diego took the featherweight bout a couple weeks ago.

Ramberg is pleased to get an opponent the caliber of De La Torre on such short notice.

“We’re just happy we got a good opponent, a solid guy,” Ramberg said.

Saturday’s Winter Brawl is scheduled to have eight fights and starts at 7:30 p.m. The card includes a women’s fight between Lynn Alvaraz (Las Vegas) and Amber Stautzenberger (Dallas).

Tim Johnson (Fargo) and Brian Heden (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) are also set for the DFC heavyweight title fight.

Ramberg is hoping a win against De La Torre could help him land a spot in a larger promotion company like the Ultimate Fighting Champion.

“That next win, there is always a chance that you are going to get a call,” said Ramberg, who trains at Fargo’s Academy of Combat Arts. “You are going to keep on fighting better and better guys, and you have to beat them to get to that level.”

Ramberg’s fight was set for five rounds, but it had to be shortened to three rounds since De La Torre took the fight on short notice.

“We’re going to be well-prepared for three,” Ramberg said.

Martin gets the

call from the UFC

Tony Martin was set to fight at Saturday’s Winter Brawl, but those plans changed in December when he got a call from the UFC.

Martin is now in Florida training at American Top Team, preparing for his UFC debut. Martin (8-0) is set to face Rashid Magomedov on the preliminary card at UFC 169, which is Feb. 1 in Newark, N.J.

Martin, who attended North Dakota State for one year, got his mixed martial arts start in the St. Cloud, Minn., area three years ago, training at Get Sum Athletic Compound. Martin said training with Brock Larson at Get Sum was a key factor in his relatively quick rise up the MMA ranks.

“I just got into the right gyms,” Martin said. “I don’t really have any (fighting) background. … I think I came into the right gym where I was able to learn so much so fast.”

Martin is also thankful for the chance to train at Top Team in the weeks leading up to his UFC debut.

“I think right now it feels like a normal fight,” Martin said. “I don’t think it’s really going to kick in until they (UFC) fly me out to New Jersey.”

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