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UFC fighter Cody Gibson raises awareness for local charity

Professional mixed martial artist Cody Gibson will take on fight veteran Manny Gamburyan Saturday, September 27, 2014 at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gibson will make his third appearance in the UFC and is coming off a stunning first round knock out win over Johnny Bedford at UFC Fight Night 44.

Pictured left-right: Music Instructor, Joel Russell, Participant Eddie, UFC Mixed Martial Artist Cody Gibson, Participant Luis, Participant Johnathan, Performing Arts Director Rosalinda Verde
Joel Russel The Creative Center, Visalia, California

Known as the Renegade, Gibson lives in Visalia, California and trains at Elite MMA, a gym that features multiple fighters from the UFC and Bellator MMA.

Recently Gibson took time from his training schedule to help raise funds and awareness for The Creative Center, a non-profit in Gibson’s hometown that helps adults with developmental disabilities.

Performing arts director from The Creative Center Rosalinda Verde invited Gibson to star in their latest you tube video. The series of videos are used to raise awareness for The Creative Center and also showcase the acting skills of participants that attend the program.

“I am a big fan of Cody Gibson and I know he has a huge following in Visalia,” said Rosalinda Verde. “When I heard we needed a thug for our video, we thought it would be a great idea to feature someone from the community that could help us promote our vision here at The Creative Center. What better person to get into a fight with than the Renegade!”

Although Gibson played a villain in the video, it was all for charity, the UFC welterweight contender is far from a bad guy. It is common for Gibson to spend time talking with students about the importance of education, advocating for community members with disabilities or simply using his platform as a popular professional athlete to bring about attention to important causes in the community.

“This comes from my parents,” stated Gibson, “they instilled that level of humility in me and now giving back to the community is what I live for.”

When asked about getting roughed up by some of the actors from The Creative Center Gibson laughed and said, “They hit harder then several guys I know.”

Fight fans can see Cody Gibson in The Creative Center’s latest youtube video and donate online by visiting

Cody Gibson host fundraiser for high school student.

On Saturday September 6, 2014 Cody Gibson will help raise funds for Josh Villarreal, a 14 year old athlete battling cancer. The event will take place at Rent to Own in Visalia, California from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gibson will sign autographs and sell 200 shirts to help out with the cause. The cost of a shirt is $10 with all proceeds going to Josh Villarreal. MMA fans can support Mr. Villarreal at

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