Shinobu Kandori (4-1) returns to MMA competition following a 17-year layoff when she battles the number-one women’s heavyweight fighter in the world, Gabi Garcia, at this Friday’s RIZIN Fighting Federation event.
Kandori was one of the biggest names in Japanese Pro-Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts back in the 1990’s. As far as pro-wrestling goes she is most known for taking part in a bloody deathmatch, where the ring ropes were replaced with barbed wire, against Megumi Kudo in FMW back in March 14, 1997. Her MMA record is 4-1-0, all round one finishes, she successfully avenged her sole loss. She began fighting in 1995 and had her last bout in the year 2000. Back in 1984 Kandori won the bronze medal in the Judo world championships. Kandori is now 53 years of age and has not been active in sports for a long time, she is currently politician of the Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the House of Councillors.
Ahead of Friday’s event, Kandori recently spoke about the big fight in an interview with the Queel, take a look at the highlights below.
On intense jiu-jitsu practice:
“I have been practicing with Mr. Takasaka and Professor Nakai of Jiu-Jitsu, I got advice from each, but I can not tell you it now. I would like you to wait until the fight.”
On practicing her muay thai in Thailand:
“In Thailand, the home of Muay Thai, I practiced striking. But I am not focusing on that for this fight”.
On if she has found any weaknesses in Gabi Garcia’s game:
“I have found them, but I can not say them now”.
On her 17-year layoff:
“I think my way of fighting will be quite different, but the experience value will be positive. I think that it is important to have experience.”
On fans criticizing the fight being booked due to the age difference:
“No, I feel I am returning to my 38-year-old self. I have found strength while practicing, and there will be no problems at all related to age difference”
“RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round” takes place this Friday December 29 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view via FITE TV.