Last year, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist turned MMA fighter Gabi Garcia, was set to take on a 52-year old woman that she outweighed by more than 50-pounds. The fight against Shinobu Kandori was to take place at RIZIN FF’s 2016 year end event.
The bout never happened as Kandori pulled out of the competition due to a rib injury. The fight against Garcia would have been her first in 16 years.
Replacing her was the much “younger” 50-year old Yumiko Hotta. Garcia defeated her in just 41-seconds.
Garcia then went on to fight two more fights, both ending in no-contests. Now, she is scheduled to fight Kandori once again.
Kandori is a longtime veteran of the Japanese pro wrestling scene who now works as a politician in Japan’s House of Councilors.
She is 53-years old compared to Garcia at 32 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 now in 17 years.
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 December 29 at RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round.