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Garnett ready for the fight of his life.

Byline: JOE RIMMER ECHO Reporter joe.rimmer@liverpool.com @joerimmer88

LIVERPOOL'S Dean Garnett faces the fight of his life when he takes on UFC veteran Magomed Magomedov on Saturday night.

Garnett will be stepping onto hostile turf when he takes on the 25-year-old in Chechnya - but a win will catapult him into title contention in ACB's bantamweight division.

The 29-year-old, from Speke, turned down the chance to fight at UFC Fight Night 113 in order to try to win gold and further his career with ACB.

The winner of the bout in Russia will be awarded a title shot and Garnett, who remains unbeaten with a record of 8-0 and one draw, faces the toughest test of his career to date against Magomedov.

Garnett turned in the most impressive performance of his career in his last outing, stopping Michael Tobin with a spinning back kick in the second round of their bout at ACB 54.

Magomedov, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back after losing a unanimous decision to ACB bantamweight champion Petr Yan in April.

Speaking to ACB's official website, Garnett said: "There is nothing that excites me more in my life than becoming the ACB champion.

"It's exactly what motivates me to get out of bed and it's what motivates me to grind through every tough session.

"It's more important than family, a social life, everything in my life comes second to fighting."

Garnett fights out of Aspire MMA, on Queens Drive, a gym which he founded with business partner Phil Mottram in 2015.

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