In six years, I will officially be able to apply for my AARP card. The way things are going, I will also be able to fight Gabi Garcia in Japan. Garcia once again takes on someone who is many years her senior.
Her opponent is 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori; Who won a judo gold medal at the Judo World Championships… In 1984. If that doesn’t resonate with you yet; Gabi Garcia wasn’t even born when Kandori won that. RIZIN have been selling this fight for a while now and at the last RIZIN event, this happened.
No. 1 heavyweight @gabijiu and 53-year-old @kandori_shinobu have been wanting to fight each other for a while now. The pair almost got into it whilst backstage at a past @rizin_PR event, take a look. #GarciaVSKandori #ThisFriday #LiveOnFITETV pic.twitter.com/6Dk5DX2bNg
— Women’s MMA Rankings (@WMMARankings) December 27, 2017
It’s not known whether or not this was a ‘work’ like her in-ring fracas with the ‘Alpha-Female’ a few RIZIN’s ago. However, the fight between the two on Friday night will definitely be real.
Kandori hasn’t fought professionally in seventeen years. She stands 5’7 and weighs 165 pounds. Garcia is 6’2 and over 200 pounds. The twenty-two-year difference is also a glaring discrepancy.
Everything else… is virtually identical.