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Former football player fights for UFC opportunity

DeKALB — Some people can see their titles, roles or identity in professional life chiseled into stone and unchanged for large chunks of their life.

Alton Meeks, Heavyweight mixed martial artist’s life and career might be better suited to be written on an etch and sketch, figuring out what works before things get shaken up and Meeks starts over again.

A former NIU football player, wrestler and army recruit, Meeks hopes to add UFC fighter to his long resume when he fights for an opportunity to get signed at 7 p.m. on June 18 when he faces Yorgan De Castro at Dana White’s Contender’s Series.