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Taped on Milledge’s locker in the Space Coast Stadium clubhouse was a sign that read “Ocho Cinco” - put there in jest by manager Manny Acta, referring to NFL diva receiver Chad Johnson.

“I am changing my name to ‘Ocho Cinco,’ ” Milledge joked. “I am going to the courthouse to change my name.”

Dunn may be comfortable here - particularly now that he has his old number - but there is someplace else he would rather be Saturday night - George Mason’s Patriot Center for a mixed martial arts show.

The Ultimate Warrior Challenge, a local promotion that has been building a fan base, is putting on an event called “Man ‘O’ War,” an MMA program featuring former two-time World Extreme Cagefighting champion Chase “The Rage” Beebe taking on Temple Hills’ Mike “The Hulk” Easton for the bantamweight championship. The event also boasts the area’s first pro female MMA match, pitting local fighter Iman “Mannie” Achhal, a former Fairfax County firefighter, against former world kickboxing champion Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig.

It turns out that the big bopper is an extreme mixed martial arts fan.

“I love it,” Dunn said. “I am a huge fan. If I was in Washington Saturday night, I would be there - guaranteed. That would be awesome.”

Dunn is such an MMA fanatic that when Randy Couture faced Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight championship in Columbus, Ohio, two years ago, Dunn flew up from spring training to be ringside.

“That was great,” Dunn said. “Randy is everyone’s favorite, and for him to handle Sylvia the way he did was amazing.

“I got to know [former middleweight champion] Rich Franklin pretty well. He’s a Cincinnati guy. I like Anderson Silva, and I love Georges St-Pierre. They have to fight. They have to make that happen. Those are the two best.”

Dunn said he got interested in MMA when he was 10 years old - around the time UFC started.

“I’ve seen every single one of their shows, and I don’t know how many I’ve been to live,” he said. “I love it.”

Maybe Dunn can attend the next UWC card. By then, he could be the toast of the District, which would be a welcome development for the Nationals, who right now are Dominican toast.