This past Sunday’s RIZIN Fighting Federation 6 event was certainly a controversial one, especially when it comes to the women’s heavyweight fight between number-one ranked Gabi Garcia and Russian boxing champion, Oxana Gagloeva.
The fight lased only 16 seconds and ended in a no-contest. Garcia landed an accidental eye poke in the first round, Gagloeva had five minutes to recover but refused to continue. During the five-minute period in which the Russian was allowed time to recover, she looked visibly upset and was seen telling the RIZIN staff that she believes Garcia poked her in the eye on purpose. The commentators quickly refuted these claims, explaining that Garcia was setting up a kick and had her hand out whilst doing so.
Following the fight, Gagloeva received a lot of backlash from fans who believe she should have continued fighting. Garcia has also spoken out, branding the Russian a ‘p**sy‘ and a ‘coward’. Fellow heavyweight competitor, Destanie Yarbrough, believes that Gagloeva was looking for a “way out“.
Three days have now passed and Gagloeva’s manager, Sergey Gibelev, has given WMMA Rankings a major update. He says that RIZIN Fighting Federation showed no interest in Oxana’s health, as well as revealing just how badly damaged the eye is. (Scroll down to take a look at photos of the injury, released by Gibelev).
“Our impression was very good until the moment we had come back from hospital to the hotel. Not one of RIZIN’s managers came to meet with us or show any interest in Oxana’s health. We would like to know their official comments regarding the outcome of the fight. On the replay, it is clearly visible that the attack was made by fingers into the eyes.” Gibelev said. “Oxana has severely damaged the cornea of her right eye” he continued, revealing just how badly the eye was injured.
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Fight fans, how do you feel about the situation? Should Oxana have continued, or was she right to pull out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.