Gabi Garcia’s stretch of two fights in Japan over a 23-day stretch did not get off to a very promising start.
Garcia (4-0 MMA) today fought at the 2017 Shoot Boxing Girls S-Cup event at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo. Garcia faced Megumi Yabushita (19-23 MMA), a 20-year MMA veteran and pro wrestling-crossover, in a heavyweight bout under Shoot Boxing rules, and the result wasn’t pretty.
As expected, Garcia’s size and power were way too much for 45-year-old, 5-foot-2 Yabushita. The Brazilian, who is a training partner of upcoming UFC 214 title fight competitor Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino,” dropped her opponent with a punch early in the fight. Garcia was clearly confused about the ruleset for the bout, though, and she launched a soccer kick to her grounded opponent that led to the no-contest (via Twitter):
Here’s the full fight (via YouTube):
Here’s how women’s combat sports expert Robert Sargent, who operates MMARising.com and contributes to MMAjunkie, described the action:
“Yabushita tried to dart in and out with punches against her much larger opponent, but Garcia landed huge knees and kicks to the body. She knocked Yabushita down, but landed an illegal soccer kick to a downed Yabushita’s body and was penalized by one point. Action resumed and Yabushita dove for a takedown attempt. Garcia countered with another soccer kick that appeared to dislocate Yabushita’s shoulder. Yabushita was unable to continue and Garcia was given a Red Card. However, rather than disqualifying Garcia, referee Ryogaku Wada ruled the foul unintentional and declared the fight a no-contest.”
Despite the rough ending to today’s fight, Garcia will have the opportunity to redeem herself when she competes in an MMA fight against Russian boxer Oksana Gagloeva (0-0 MMA) at Rizin FF 6 on July 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.