Oxana Gagloeva successfully completes eye surgery as she prepares for Gabi Garcia rematch

Heavyweight contender Oxana Gagloeva has successfully completed eye surgery, following a severe corneal injury.

Gagloeva’s camp, the Gladiator Fight Team, confirmed the news on their social media pages, along with a picture.

Gagloeva (0-0, 1 NC) suffered the injury at the hands of Gabi Garcia during the recent RIZIN Fighting Federation 6 event in Saitama, Japan. The boxing champion was attempting to become the first woman to defeat Gabi Garcia, the number-one heavyweight fighter in the world. The bout was called to a halt and ruled a no-contest at just 16-seconds of the very first round, following an accidental eye-poke from Garcia.

Since the incident, Garcia has publicly branded the Russian a “p**sy” and “coward“, as well as claiming that Oxana is lying about the eye injury. Meanwhile, Gagloeva’s manager referred to Garcia as “the benchmark of a fighter who does not respect other fighters”.

RIZIN FF president, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has also issued a statement on the whole situation. He admits the anger between the pair is troubling, however he seemingly confirmed a rematch, saying that both women should let out their frustrations the next time they meet.

Accidental incidents in fighting sports will always be there. For both fighters  it had unfortunate results. You will be troubled by the incomplete burning anger between the pair, but let each one explode with their anger and frustration in their next fight. I hope Oxana’s eyes will recover soon” Sakakibara said.

RIZIN Fighting Federation 6 took place on 30 July from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event was aired live on pay-per-view.

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Fight fans, how do you see the rematch between Gabi Garcia and Oxana Gagloeva going? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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