Retired Japanese professional wrestler, Shinobu Kandori, who also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) in the mid-nineties, won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships in Vienna, Austria, back in 1984.
Gabi Garcia wasn’t even born.
But combat sports is based on the prize fighting model, so it should not come as a surprise to learn that Kandori is still trying to fight Garcia after their previous two attempts to throw hands went up in smoke.
First it was Kandori’s injury (2016), then it was Garcia’s weight cut (2017).
Now 54, the Japanese spark plug is making her presence felt after storming the ring to confront Garcia following the Brazilian’s submission win over Barbara Nepomuceno at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
Have a look at the sequence below:
And here you thought Mayweather-Nasukawa was rigged.
Garcia moves to 6-0 (1 NC) with the victory, which I’m sure does not surprise you considering she stands 6’2” and weighs 225 pounds. Kandori (4-1), meanwhile, is just 5’7” and weighs in the neighborhood of 165 pounds.
No doubt the Japanese Commission on Safety in Athletics (JCSA) will refuse to sanction this bout, just as soon as it’s created and put into place to keep someone old from having their brittle bones busted by a musclebound submission specialist.
For all the RIZIN 14 results and updates click here.