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Gabi Garcia to fight 52-year-old Shinobu Kandori at RIZIN year-end show

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Gabi Garcia will meet 52-year-old veteran Shinobu Kandori on Dec. 31 at RIZIN FF’s year-end event. The promotion announced the booking late Friday night.

Kandori, a former Japanese professional wrestler turned politician, will be competing in mixed martial arts for the first time since 2000. Standing just 5-foot-7, and weighing 165 pounds, she will be vastly outsized by the 6’1″, 210-pound Garcia.

A decorated, world-ranked grappler, Garcia (3-0) is undefeated in her young MMA career, having won all three of her professional fights via first-round stoppage under the RIZIN FF umbrella. The 31-year-old Garcia knocked out Lei’D Tapa in her pro debut, then submitted Anna Malyukova and Destanie Yarbrough to maintain her unbeaten record.

She’ll now face Kandori (4-1), a longtime veteran of the Japanese pro wrestling scene who fought five times under the LLPW banner from 1995 to 2000, but has not competed since. Kandori won all four of her professional victories via first-round submission.

RIZIN FF’s year-end show is a two-day event taking place on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will feature the final rounds of RIZIN FF’s Openweight Grand Prix, which features Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Filipovic, and Shane Carwin, among others.

A staredown between Garcia and Kandori can be seen below.

神取忍VSギャビィ・ガルシア決定です。 pic.twitter.com/48PYmVbU30

— 髙田延彦 (@takada_nobuhiko) November 26, 2016

神取忍「柔道でもプロレスでも、目の前に強い人間がいたら倒すのは変わらない。ギャビの心を折りたい。側にいて気迫も威圧感も無くがっかりしている。柔術には柔道の根本がありリスペクトしている。ギャビの戦いは荒削りなだけ。挑戦する勇気を全ての人に伝えたい」 pic.twitter.com/0QaMrr7jaJ

— ゴング格闘技 (@GONG_KAKUTOGI) November 26, 2016

Gabi Garcia x Kandori Shinobu pic.twitter.com/8vlEDtTPFQ

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 26, 2016
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