Jiu-Jitsu fighter Gabi Garcia fought the much, much smaller Megumi Yabushita in Japan on Friday and unsurprisingly implemented yet another illegal tactic.
When you think you're having a bad day . . . . remember you could be this woman about to take on Gabi Garcia ? pic.twitter.com/X1GzDtpSz2
— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) July 6, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Brazilian was pitted against 5-foot-2, 134-pound Megumi Yabushita, a 45-year-old with more than 20 years of MMA experience. Predictably, things did not end well for the more seasoned and much smaller fighter.
Garcia dropped Yabushita with a punchless than two minutes into the first round and followed it up with an illegal soccer kick to the upper body of her downed opponent.
Gabi Garcia fight was a no contest due to illegal soccer kick pic.twitter.com/JEWo6vKU13
— Tony Fagnano (@BigToneMMA) July 7, 2017
That was it for Yabushita, who injured her shoulder on the final blow and left the ring with her arm in a sling.
The fight was ruled a no-contest and not a disqualification, as the referee deemed Garcia’s illegal kick to be unintentional. It was clear Garcia didn’t quite grasp the rules of shoot boxing — she was also penalized earlier in the fight for a similar infraction. Shoot boxing only permits punches, knees, elbows, throws, and submissions from a standing position.
Watch Gabi Garcia vs her latest victim
This was the second time Garcia has been matched up against an inferior opponent. In December, the nine-time world jiu-jitsu champion bludgeoned 49-year-old pro wrestler Yumiko Hotta at Rizin Fighting Federation 4.
Many MMA fans were absolutely outraged.
Gabi Garcia is a joke to WMMA. Now is booked to fight a 5'2 woman who's 45 years old. And to make it worse she's lost her last 7 fights.
— Women's MMA Chat (@WMMA123) July 7, 2017
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 7, 2017
Who are these people who will pay to see Gabi Garcia fight?
— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) July 7, 2017
Garcia’s next fight should be a little more competitive, as she is set to take on 24-year-old Russian Oksana Gogloeva, who is 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, at Rizin FF 6 on July 29.
The 31-year-old Garcia is 4-0 in her MMA career after turning pro in December 2015.
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