Albuquerque, NM– WBMMA Presents: Valhalla Rejects 1 taking place at Marriott Pyramid North on Friday, September 28, 2018 this is a Pro/Am MMA event. Valhalla’s Rejects 1 is an event that brings the best professional and amateur MMA fighters in the region. FightBookMMA will be attending this event so stay tuned for our full recap and official results.
Event doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and fights will start at 7:00 p.m. this is an all ages event. Tickets start at $35 for General Admission $50 for Preferred seating and $75 for VIP. For more information on tickets and seating you can visit holdmyticket.com.
Headlining Valhalla Rejects 1 will be FIT NHB professional MMA fighter Evan DeLong. Evans last fight was against Morgan Sickinger as he defeated him by unanimous decision at KOTC: Hazard Pay. Evan is going to bring his fast pace with excellent striking and ground game to this fight. He’s ranked 1st of 28 active New Mexico Pro Featherweights.
Also fighting on the professional card is Celine Haga. Haga is fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and training out of Jackson Wink MMA she’s ranked 4th of 133 active Europe Western women (pound for pound). She’s also ranked 12th of 1272 active United States women (pound for pound). Celine lost her last fight at JacksonWink Fight Night 3 but she’s coming into this fight to put on a show for the fans and get back in the winning circle.
Another pro fighter that we will see step in the cage will be John Sparks who’s fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and training out of Jackson Wink MMA. He’s ranked 9th of 28 active New Mexico Pro Featherweights. His last fight was against Derek Perez as he defeated him by punches in Round 1 at the 4:04 mark at KOTC: Chosen Few.
Also on the nights card we will see some of the up and coming amateurs as they will be showcasing their skills in front of an exciting crowd. Francisco Dominguez, Chris Rojas, Ozzy Chavez, Kemoy Anderson, Shawn Alexander, Lamar Harris, Hector Ramirez, Bobby Griego, Matai Stephenson, and more will be ready to step in the cage.
The fight card is not finalized and bout order is not confirmed yet. Stay tuned to FightBookMMA as we will have the official fight card. You don’t want to miss this fundraising event which supports our Nations best as all proceeds will benefit homeless and disabled Vets in New Mexico.
Below you will find out who exactly Heroes Walk Among Us are (straight from their website):
Who are we
Heroes Walk Among Us is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit with a primary mission to help our local veteran community here in New Mexico. We were founded in March of 2008 by Shane D’Onofrio who has been the head and driving force for HWAU.
We are here to give a hand up and not a hand out
Our goal is to help veterans who are honestly looking for help to improve their lives, not just get a handout and maintain the status quo in a terrible situation. HWAU extends services to veterans and their immediate family; the veteran, their spouse and children. Our goal is helping our New Mexico Veterans overcome the obstacles that are keeping them from moving forward. Some of those obstacles are homelessness, job loss, debt management, and health issues.
How do we verify our veterans
When helping a veteran that comes to our organization, we do verify them. We ask for a form of Government ID and their DD-214 to check their veteran status. We help any veteran that has served 91 days active duty and has been discharged honorable or general. We are unable to help any vet that has an “other than honorable” discharge.
We do not chase our veterans
HWAU looks at our veterans as brothers that are accountable for their own actions. We help those that ask and are ready to make a change in their lives. We are training our veterans to be their own chief or first sergeant, to learn to take their charge of their lives for the better. So we do not chase, we do not hound, we give tools and guidance to boost the confidence of our veterans to be successful.
Our beliefs follow Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that when our veterans are safe, secure, and have a means to be gainfully employed, they will be successful. Our primary mission is to keep veterans off the street and help them succeed in life after the military. The four areas that we focus on are;
Education and training
Wheels 4 Vets