Gabi Garcia opens up about brother’s death: “I’ve never mentioned this before, because it has hurt me very deeply”

Gabi Garcia is currently reigning supreme as one of MMA’s biggest superstars. Undefeated and finishing all of her opponents, the RIZIN star seems unstoppable right now. However what many fans don’t know is that back in 2011, her brother suffered a sudden death at the age of 22.

Garcia is the number-one women’s heavyweight fighter in the world.

Garcia 4-0 recently opened up about her brother’s death in an emotional post on her Instagram page. The Brazilian has only ever talked about the incident once before, in an interview with WBBJJ.

I’ve never mentioned this before, because it has hurt me very deeply. He had a sudden death on the mats during the warmup. He was actually stretching when he started feeling chest pains and had a heart attack at the age of 22. I remember when I went to England. I said, “I’m not going to win the ADCC.” I knew I wasn’t going to perform well. I won my first fight, won my second fight, and became the ADCC champion. In that moment I realized that my tears, while having my arm raised, weren’t tears of joy for winning the ADCC. It was for overcoming all of that suffering, and knowing that the victory was for him” Garcia told WBBJJ.

“I remember I went straight to the hotel, packed my bags, and flew back home. And when I arrived the first thing I did was to get my car and drive to the cemetery to leave him the clothes that I used in my fights. It was a moment when I found myself… A lot of people judged me saying: “She is so heartless. She didn’t go back home to be with her family.” But a lot of people said, “This girl’s very strong. This girl overcame everything. Every time I’m about to enter the mats, I ask him, “Campeon, please be with me.”” Garcia explained.

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Take a look at Garcia’s recent Instagram post below:

#startstrong #motivationmonday Pare de chorar por aquilo que já passou garota, você pode errar, aprender e tem a chance de fazer diferente. Toda dor vem com aprendizado, a dor da perda ou a dor física sempre vem acompanhadas de superação. Essa é a porta que muitas pessoas não conseguem passar, a porta que divide os fracos que desistem de fazer diferente daquelas pessoas que encontraram o "sucesso pessoal". Sucesso não é fama, sucesso é acordar sabendo que a vida da mais uma chance caso você caia. O problema das pessoas que falam e julgam é que elas não tem coragem de sofrer a pressão interna de ser cada dia melhor, passar a vida sem saber se o amanhã é certeza de uma vida com estabilidade é para poucos, cair machuca, mas não esqueça que tudo cicatriza. Pior que a dor física foi perder meu parceiro de vida 4 dias antes de lutar o adcc de Londres, a dor de perder quem a gente ama fica pra toda a vida. Adcc pra mim é honra. é meu irmão, a dor que nunca vai passar, mas que eu volto sempre forte para amenizar minha dor. #adcc #adcc2017 #jiujitsu #familygoals #familyfirst #missmybrother #6years #adccfinland #teamwork #teamgabigarcia #gabigarcia #bjj #bjjgirls #bestrong #teampossible #rizinff #rizin2017

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