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Every now and then, Dustin “Dirt” Cooper enters literal cages with the intention of letting others know they have ways to escape their own figurative ones.

Cooper, 39, is returning to a cage next weekend, in fact. Under his “nom de cage” of the Mountain Warrior, he will confront opponent Michael Shearer, of Dunn, North Carolina, in a light heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts cagefight contest on Saturday, May 13, in Bridgeport.

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Metro reporter Clint Thomas can be reached at or by calling 304-348-1232.

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