Heavyweight superstar Gabi Garcia wants to see the women of her division receive more opportunities. The Brazilian made a passionate post on the subject via her social media pages.
Speaking on Instagram, Garcia (4-0 Pro) posted a picture of the official heavyweight world rankings, followed by a caption which we have translated from Portuguese to English.
“Not bad for a new division! Everything has a beginning, there are women of all weight divisions, we lack opportunities. I will continue fighting for equality, just like I did in jiu jitsu, I will do the same in MMA. Thanks RIZIN FF and Nobu Sakakibara for believing in new weight divisions and building them slowly. Believing is the most important” Garcia wrote. (Scroll down to see the original post).
The women’s MMA heavyweight division has more than enough competitors willing to compete. However, organizations refuse to book female heavyweights, which has resulted in most of them unable to compete, or staying as amateurs. RIZIN Fighting Federation is the only organization in the world who consistently give heavyweight females the opportunity to fight as a professional and have created several new stars including Jazzy Gabert, Destanie Yarbrough and of course Garcia.
Meanwhile, Garcia is gearing up for a busy month. She will be making her Shootboxing debut on 7th July when she battles Megumi Yabushita at Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup 2017. Shootboxing is a combat sport which allows kicks, punches, knees, elbows, throws, and standing submissions. The Brazilian will then make her return to MMA, the sport she is most known for, when she battles a yet to be announced opponent at RIZIN Fighting Federation 6 on 30th July.
Garcia (4-0-0) is currently the number one heavyweight fighter in the world when it comes to MMA. She’s finished many of the divisions top contenders including Lei’D Tapa, Anna Maliukova and Destanie Yarbrough. She was a 10x BJJ World Champion prior to making the move to MMA. At 6’2 and well over 200-pounds, the 31-year-old believes she is the baddest woman on the planet.
Back in May, the 31-year-old teased the introduction of a championship belt for her division. Speaking on social media, the undefeated Brazilian said “I living for this! Dreams come true! I need this
@rizin_PR belt!“. She followed up with “I’m going to dedicate my life to this belt being mine”.
(Click HERE to view the WMMA heavyweight world rankings).
Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup 2017 takes place on July 7th from the TDC Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event is expected to be aired live via an internet stream.
Meanwhile, RIZIN Fighting Federation 6 takes place on July 30th from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event is expected to be aired live via pay-per-view.