Jul 11, 2014 7:34 PM by Ross Field
On July 12th, a local female MMA fighter will take to the cage as part of the Nor Cal Combat IX promotion at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley.
Chico native Gabriela Rios, who is 0-1 in her amateur career, will take on Brooke Mayo from Modesto in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
Rios trains with StandAlone MMA in Chico and she hopes her countless hours of preparation will lead to her first career victory in front of the hometown fans.
"I've been working a lot on my hooks, I have a lot of strength, I mean this girl has got to be careful, I don't know much about her, I've tried looking her up, but regardless, I know what my game plan is, and I just have to play towards mine, I can't worry about her too much, just got to give it all I have and leave it all out in the cage. I'm so pumped, and the support I have from Chico and just this community has been amazing and it's been really exciting just all the support I have," said Rios.