Rumble in Rio IX: Cops and Firefighters Fighting For the Kids Sets Date for October 13
One of New Mexico's longest running charity sporting events, "Rumble in Rio", is gearing up for another thrilling night of fights between Police and Firefighters of our state. This year is the ninth Rumble in Rio, and for the first time ever, the event will now feature three MMA fights.
Rumble in Rio is a non-profit domestic corporation, which donates proceeds primarily to "The Jim Franklin Bike Giveaway Program" – a charity that has donated more than 3,000 bikes and helmets to New Mexico's children in need – but this year they hope to contribute to other local youth charities.
This year, the event will be held October 13, starting at 7:00 p.m., at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, and ticket prices have been reduced, so that the event is more affordable, giving entire families the opportunity to attend.
Regular tickets will be about $15-$20, with a $10 discount available on 4-packs; tickets go on sale in July. Also, on July 7, there will be a ring girl contest, to be held at Elliott's Bar, located at 10200 Corrales Rd NW, Albuquerque, directly after UFC 148. Top 3 contestants will be hired as the Ring Girls for Rumble in Rio IX.
The all-call for this year's event was held on Wednesday, May 23, at Rio Rancho Fire Station 1, and was attended by 30-plus service personnel. Many others have called or emailed, and the event looks to have about 12 boxing matches and 3 MMA fights.
Fighters from Rio Rancho Fire and Police Departments, Albuquerque Fire and Police Departments, NM State Police, Metro Detention Center Officers, Bernalillo County Fire Department, Los Alamos Police Department, Las Cruces Fire Department, and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department have signed up so far; and contenders have already begun training.
Various gyms around town are contributing to the cause by sponsoring the training of these fighters; names and information on those facilities will be posted on the website. Rumble matchmakers will continue accepting applications for the next couple months, and the card will begin to be finalized around August.
All fighters are donating their time in training (several months of it) and their fight 100% to the event; this heroic effort is not surprising, coming from members of our community that we already recognize as our heroes.
For applications or more information on this event, visit their website www.rumbleinrio.net or find them on Facebook.