Geraldton’s Valhalla MMA gym is poised to make a significant impact at the upcoming Red Dust Fight Show 9 in Kalgoorlie on December 9. With an intense mixed martial arts fight camp behind them, the Geraldton team is ready to showcase their skills in Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai and boxing. Among the fighters making their MMA debuts are Brendon Forrester, Kyle Dobney, Declan Rhodes and Sophia Farmer. The coaching staff, led by owner and head coach Waylon Prater, is ensuring his charges are fully prepared, both physically and mentally. In addition to the newcomers, seasoned veteran James “Twinkletoes” Butson is set to participate in his third boxing match. The coaching trio of Prater, Oliver Murray, and Mick “Moby” Jones bring a range of experience to the gym. Prater’s 15 years in MMA, Murray’s 25 years in Brazilian jiujitsu and Jones’ dual expertise in Brazilian jiujitsu and 15-year tenure with the Geraldton Buccaneers contributes to a formidable coaching line-up. Five Valhalla MMA juniors are also set to compete in kickboxing matches, having trained diligently throughout the year. Geraldton debutant Farmer said she had a passion for the sport and was excited to finally get her turn in the ring. “I’ve always wanted to do this sport competitively, I like to set goals for myself, I love being part of this sport from watching amateur fights to the pros,” she said. “Getting a taste of what it’s like being in the octagon is a thrilling experience.” After a long camp, all that remains ahead is this weekend’s main event, but Farmer said she couldn’t have done it on her own. “I would like to thank my coaches Waylon, Olli, Moby, and Xavier, they have been amazing throughout this journey, the best mentors I could ask for,” she said. “The Valhalla crew — we are one big family, making each other better everyday we train, and my fiance, he’s been my rock inside and outside the gym.” With anticipation building, Valhalla MMA is ready to leave a mark at the Red Dust Fight Show.