Rizin’s Gabi Garcia is in the middle of yet another controversy.
Gabi Garcia, who is scheduled to compete at Rizin’s two-day New Year’s Eve special, is in the middle of another controversy, this time stemming from her weigh in.
Thursday in Japan, Garcia tipped the scales at 107.7 kg (236.94 lbs), making her 12.7 kg (27.94 lbs) over the contracted limit of 95 kg (209 lbs). Her opponent, 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori, weighed in well below the limit at just 73.75 kg (162.25 lbs).
Officially, they are almost 75 lbs apart in weight, but Garcia was cutting water weight the night before, so that gap could be much bigger.
After hearing about the discrepancy in weight, Kandori screamed at Garcia before storming off the stage. Rizin head Nobuyuki Sakakibara spoke about possibly cancelling the contest, but no official announcement has been made as of this writing.
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Garcia, 4-0-1, is still technically undefeated in her foray into MMA, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the decorated BJJ champion’s career.
Her last bout was an instant no-contest after she poked Oksana Gagloeva in the eyes in just 16 seconds. In the same month, the heavyweight destroyed her flyweight opponent by landing multiple illegal soccer kicks at her smaller foe. She was given a red card, but was surprisingly deemed as a no-contest instead of a disqualification. Since it was a shoot-boxing bout, it didn’t count on her MMA record.
Before that, Garcia notched her fourth official win in MMA, knocking out a then 49-year-old Yumiko Hotta in just 41 seconds. Garcia’s NYE opponent in Kandori is Hotta’s older teammate and training partner.
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