Garcia (4-0, 1 NC) is planning to showcase a new aggression in her comeback to the cage due to some strong words from her opponent earlier this year.
”She has said some strong words for me, calling me a disgrace, that I’m not a good fighter and she will take my glory,” she told MMA Fighting. “I’m not used to this sh*t talking because I come from jiu-jitsu and we don’t have that there, but that fuels me. I wouldn’t want to fight an angry Gabi… not angry because we can’t put emotion in a fight, but I’ll look at her and remember everything she said.
“She has made some heavy accusations, but the country that was banned [by the International Olympic Committee] was Russia, not Brazil (laughs). We’re both getting tested, and we’ll see who wins on May 12. I wouldn’t want to be in her spot (laughs).”
The 32-year-old has in many ways been the woman who started the women’s heavyweight division in MMA. Until her professional debut in 2015, female heavyweights in MMA were almost non-existent. However, thanks to the success of Gabi Garcia, several women in the division have begun to emerge such as Destanie Yarbrough, Anna Maliukova, Lei’D Tapa, Yoshiko Hirano, amongst others.
ROAD FC 47 takes place on Saturday May 12 from the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. The event begins at 3am EST and will be aired live on YouTube.