So the mixed martial arts (MMA) community had its collective undies all up in a bunch -- complete with severe chafing -- after news broke that nine-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Gabi Garcia would be making her pro debut against a 42-year-old tomato can in Japan.
Garcia, 28, clocks in at about 226 pounds, while Megumi Yabushita (19-22) competes at bantamweight.
Turns out the fight isn't happening, as Garcia insists she is only interested in fighting girls who are of equal size. True, Japan is no stranger to freak-show fights, but the Brazilian is taking her combat sports career seriously and doesn't want to turn her debut into a "circus."
Garcia talks to MMA Fighting:
"We have been negotiating fight purse, opponents, etc, and they suddenly announced me on this card without talking to me. I haven't even heard about this girl. They surprised me as well. I was in talks to fight on Dec. 23, but I had no opponent yet. Yabushita offered herself to fight me, because she has fought bigger girls before, but I won't take (the fight). I'm anxious to make my debut, but I need an opponent of my size. Some girls want to fight me to get attention, but can't make a joke, a circus out of this. I want a real fight."
Garcia is expected to compete for the "Real Fight" promotion on Dec. 23 in Tokyo.
Fight fans following international competition will likely recognize Garcia from her stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" where she operated under the instruction of head coach Wanderlei Silva. Her impressive resume also boasts wins for Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).
And if Real Fight can't find a suitable opponent, Garcia is willing to debut in Brazil against the likes of Amanda Lucas or Lana Stefanac, according to the report.
And there's always that grappling match against Ronda Rousey.