A women’s heavyweight fight between Gabi Garcia and Shinobu Kandori takes place at this Friday’s RIZIN FF event. The two were originally set to fight last year, however Kandori suffered an injury and was replaced by 50-year-old Yumiko Hotta.
Garcia (4-0, 1 NC) is the number-one ranked female heavyweight fighter in the world. The Brazilian will be looking to rebound from back-to-back no contests against Oxana Gagloeva, as well as Megumi Yabushita in a shootboxing bout. She owns notable stoppage victories over fellow top-ten ranked contenders, Destanie Yarbrough, Lei’D Tapa and Anna Maliukova.
Shinobu Kandori (4-1-0) will be returning to MMA competition following a 17-year layoff. She 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.
“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.