Gabrielle “Gabi” Garcia, 32, was supposed to face Shinobu Kandori, 53, at “Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round” on Dec. 29, Friday, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. However, the undefeated Brazilian MMA fighter missed weight by 28 pounds so the bout was cancelled.
This angered Kandori and Garcia was brought into the ring to apologize during the event. She told the audience that she respects Kandori who is a legend in Japan and apologized to all of her fans.
“I challenge you for next year,” Garcia said referring to Kandori. ” I hope you accept fight with me next year. I’m so sorry Japan. I love you, guys, and I’m back more strong than ever.”
Garcia went on to drop to her knees in the middle of the ring and express regret over the weigh-in mishap. On Dec. 30, Saturday, she took to Instagram to explain the entire situation.
Captioning a photo of herself with a bloody towel, Garcia explained that she had high blood pressure and menstrual period while trying to cut weight but she “chose to live.” She then thanked Rizin Fight Federation (Rizin FF) for “cherishing” her life.
Rizin FF was founded by former Pride Fighting Championships (Pride FC) president Nobuyuki Sakakibira in September 2015. The “Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Final Round” is scheduled on Dec. 31, Sunday.
Kandori was supposed to make her Rizin FF debut at “Rizin World Grand Prix 2016” with Garcia. However, the veteran Japanese martial artist had to pull out of the fight because of a rib injury and was replaced by Yumiko Hota, who was knocked out by Garcia.