Gabi Garcia to Fight 52-Year-Old Woman
It looks like Japan will be producing an MMA encounter the like of which we haven’t seen.
Gabi Garcia, who appeared as a guest coach for Wanderlei Silva on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, is a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist. She has won world championship gold medals from the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) from 2008 through 2014. She has also had three MMA fights since debuting on Dec. 31, 2015, and she has won all three of them in under three minutes.
But her next opponent will be something unlike her others. At Rizin’s year-end event on Dec. 31, Garcia will face Shinobu Kandori, a 52-year-old and longtime Japanese pro wrestler, who currently works in Japan’s House of Councilors. The match-up will be quite the difference in size, as well as age. MyMMANews reports that Garcia is 6’1", 210 pounds, while the 52-year-old Kandori stands 5’7" and less than 165 pounds. Not to mention, Kandori has not competed in Mixed Martial Arts since the turn of the century.
A world-class judoka herself, Kandori won all four of her MMA bouts between 1995 and 2000 via first-round submission. Her professional wrestling bout with Akira Hokuto in 1993 is also considered one of Japan’s greatest women’s wrestling bouts of all-time. A highly celebrated bout, it broke the then-all-time attendance and gate records for women’s pro wrestling.