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MOUNT VERNON – Ian Lashley and Ricardo Casanova, who both work and train in the art of jiu jitsu at the Lashley Training Center in Mount Vernon, earned their spot on the card of 30 fights at the Fight 2 Win Pro 79 in Columbus on Friday.
Lashley will take the mats at 205 pounds against Chris Hardin, an opponent he has fought in the past. Hardin got the best of Lashley a year ago in a tournament, and the local has used that as motivation.
“I have two pictures posted on my wall every single morning when I wake up, and it’s a picture of him beating me,” Lashley said. “Every single morning I have to freaking look at it and it drives me insane. Every single day I get out of bed, I have to see another guy getting his hand raised.”
Like the last time Lashley and Hardin met, Friday’s bout, which is one six-minute period, could go to a referee’s decision. Jiu Jitsu, which is similar to wrestling, usually has a points system, but Friday night there are no points, meaning the match will end with a submission, or after six minutes will go to a ref’s decision.