"She would have loved this." MMA community comes together to remember Cindy Burnett

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"She would have loved this." MMA community comes together to remember Cindy Burnett

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jan 11, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Chaz Burnett is so proud of his mom Cindy, and says seeing his friends, coaches, partners all training together, well it's exactly what his mom would have wanted.

"She would of loved this," he said. "She would of loved it so much."

Members and owners from four different Mixed Martial Arts gyms in town met at Higher Ground to learn from each other and raise money for Cindy's family.

"For them to all come together for once, it's the coolest thing ever," said Chaz.

Cindy died only a couple of hours into the New Year and police say 29-year-old Michael Leday is responsible, but he's on the run.

Saturday was not about what happened though, it was about remembering Cindy, and her impact on this community.

"It was definitely heartbreaking," said Sean Huff, owner of Northside Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. "She was such a good person and she did a lot for her community as well."

Chaz and his brother Von both train in this type of fighting, just like their mom.

"I would love to be rolling with her right now doing this with her," said Chaz. "It would have been great. I know she's enjoying watching right now but it would have been nice."

Chaz says he hopes to go pro one day, for his mom.

"I'm gonna go all the way, that's what my mom wanted," he said. "That's why I came down here, I'm not playing around no more. I'm gonna make it. I'm gonna share her story with everybody."


If you couldn't make it to the event Saturday but would still like to donate, the owner of Undisputed Gym asks that the community send checks or money orders to the gym at  1240 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ. Make checks out to Undisputed, and memo Cindy Burnett.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.