Tapa made the callout on her Instagram page, following Garcia’s recent interest in rematching Tapa.
“The Japanese fans want a rematch me vs. Gabi, plus Gabi wants some more Tapa pounds too, so you know what? I’m down to pound! I AM READY! Nobu Sakakibara knows what’s good for business!! BOOK IT!” Tapa wrote.
The 35-year-old may have a professional MMA record of 0-2, however it should be noted these losses were close battles against top undefeated fighters in King Reina and Garcia. Tapa is known as the woman to have given Garcia the most trouble, knocking her down in the first-round during their 2015 encounter which Garcia ultimately won via TKO following some ground-and-pound.
Tapa is a professional wrestler who has done work for the WWE and TNA. She has taken her transition to MMA very seriously, competing in and winning several BJJ tournaments, she also made her professional boxing debut earlier this month, earning a victory over Angela Knight.
Before Tapa and Garcia can have any kind of rematch, the latter must first get through 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori at the upcoming RIZIN FF event on December 29.
Take a look at Tapa’s knockdown over Gabi Garcia below:
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I was asked what are my thoughts on @gabigarciaoficial vs. 53 year old Shinobu Kandori fighting on @rizin_pr card In December..PRESS PLAY▶️ Here’s what I got to say on that fight match up. 🤷🏽♀️🤭🤪 On another note‼️The fighting forecast is The Japanese fans want a rematch TapavsGabi Plus Gabi callled me out to fight! I’m down to pound! I AM READY! 💯 @nobu_sakakibara knows what’s good for bussiness!! BOOK IT! 💯 🇯🇵💪🏽👊🏽❤️💯 #BowDown #TapavsGabi