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Birchak ready for first shot at UFC


Anthony Birchak's opportunity is now.

The 2004 Sahuarita High School grad will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Saturday when he fights Joe Soto in a bantamweight bout on the fight card at UFC 177 in Sacramento, California.

Birchak, was a decorated Greco-Roman wrestler for the Mustangs and then at Grand Canyon University. He owns an 11-1 MMA record that includes a 2013 win over UFC vet Ryan Benoit and sports a championship belt from the Canadian-based Maximum Fighting Championship.

A college roommate of current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Soto is 15-2 in a career that began in 2006, and he brings a six-fight winning streak.

UFC 177 is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and the man he beat for the crown, Renan Barao.

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David Kelly contributed to this story. 

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