Gabi Garcia’s to return at ROAD FC
Gabi Garcia is set to grace the stage in May this year at the South Korean export, ROAD Fighting Championship 047 in Beijing. The bout will be Garcia’s first fight since her last ill-fated No Contest in July last year. Garcia’s opponent Oksana Gagloeva succumbed to an eye poke barely 10 seconds into the fight, a situation for which Garcia branded her a coward whilst appealing the decision.
She faced controversy once again prior to the eye poke when her fight against Megumi Yabushita was stopped, that time for a soccer kick.
Garcia was supposed to return to fighting a scheduled bout with retired Japanese wrestling star Shinobu Kandori. The showdown was cancelled when Garcia missed weight by over 10 kilograms. The extremely large miss was farcical.
The upcoming May 12 fight marks the first time the 32-year-old undefeated star will line up outside of Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation. Cadillac Arena will be the lucky venue to witness the Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter’s return. Garcia won her first four MMA bouts, two by KO and two by submission.
Garcia lines up against four-time Russian Hand-to-Hand combat champ Veronika Futina who is currently training with two of Garcia’s defeated opponents, Gagloeva and Anna Malyukova. It is widely thought that this will mean Futina will go in with a point to prove especially after Gagloeva been branded a coward by the Brazilian.
Futina, a former Sambo fighter Futina, will be making her MMA debut however the pair has a history of passing verbal swipes at one another during interviews.
With a background, in both striking and grappling, the 31-year-old Futina poses a serious threat to Garcia who is going for her 5th undefeated win. Futina comes equipped with boxing and judo skills as well, meaning Garcia has her work cut out for her.
The bout is being billed as an openweight contest meaning we will not face the same disappointment of Garcia missing weight.
Check out some of Garcia’s highlights over the years:
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