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Gabi Garcia to fight 52 year old woman she outweighs by 50 pounds

Gabi Garcia to fight 52 year old woman she outweighs by 50 pounds


It is no mystery that Japanese mixed martial arts promotions love to put on the unusual, the type of matchups that get people talking, and their latest announcement is no different.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout Gabi Garcia will seek to get her fourth professional mixed martial arts victory when she competes against Shinobu Kandori, a longtime veteran of the Japanese pro wrestling scene who now works as a politician in Japan’s House of Councilors.

Gabi Garcia and Shinobu Kandori staredown

Gabi Garcia and Shinobu Kandori staredown

Kandori is 52-years old compared to Garcia at 31 years, and weighs less than 165 pounds compared to Garcia’s 210 pound frame.

Garcia stands at 6’1 while Kandori is a mere 5’7. Oh, and then there is the fact that Kandori has not competed in 16 years.

According to MMAFighting, Kandori is was a “world-class judoka before ever entering the squared circle, Kandori 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.

Of note, Kandori’s 1993 wrestling match with Akira Hokuto is considered by many to be one of the most celebrated women’s pro wrestling matches in Japanese history. At the time, the match set a new all-time attendance and gate record for women’s pro wrestling.”

The fight will take place at the December 31, Rizin FF year end event.

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Eric Kowal

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