California’s Alyssa “Tiny Tim” Garcia is ready to take full advantage of a huge opportunity when she fights for RIZIN FF 3 this Thursday in Japan. She will be taking on the number 10 ranked atomweight in the world Japan’s own Kanna Asakura, and she plans on pulling off the upset in Asakura’s own home country.
Garcia is currently 1-2-0 in pro MMA competition, however she is better than her record may tell you. She went undefeated her whole amateur career. Eventually making her pro debut with a succesful round 2 armbar victory over Misha Nassiri. After the victory she took a huge step up in competition taking on the number 8 ranked undefeated Julia Jones, she more than held her own, unfortunately losing the bout via a very close split decision which could have gone either way. She suffered a further loss to Celine Haga in a bout she was severely undersized at, Haga currently competes at strawweight.
A win against a top ten ranked atomweight in her home country would be huge for Garcia and she is fully aware of the opportunity and plans on taking full advantage of it.
“What an amazing opportunity, an opportunity I plan on taking full advantage of. Japan is beautiful and I haven’t even got to fully explore it yet. I’m very excited and I plan on showing the world what I can do. It’s a great way to prove my skills and build my confidence” she told us.
With the upset win over Kanna Asakura, the “Tiny Tim” plans on defeating anyone who crosses her path and
showing the world why she is the best.
“A victory over anybody and everybody is the plan. I know I can be the greatest in the world but you aren’t born the best you learn and train to be the best and that’s why I accepted this fight because I have the tools and resources to be the best and I plan on being nothing else but the best.”
She reveals her plan is to stay active throughout 2017 but admits she’s found it tough to find fights at 105lbs. Telling us “It’s tough to find fights at 105 but I plan to stay active and stay focused and keep doing what I am doing”. Currently Invicta FC which airs on UFC Fight Pass have many of the top ten ranked atomweight fighters, a victory on Thursday could mean we’ll see her fight for the promotion sooner than later. With
women’s MMA constantly growing, it’s only a matter of time before the UFC picks up this exciting division.
Garcia has a shoutout to the people who have had an impact on getting her to become the fighter she is now “I’d like to thank Josh and my teammates for putting time and effort into getting me ready for this fight. A lot of people have influenced me on the way and I appreciate all of it. The lessons I learned and the things I’ve absorbed will show in this fight and I’m very excited and appreciative of it all. Thank you.”
Alyssa Garcia will challenge Kanna Asakura for a potential 105lb top ten world ranking this Thursday 29th December at RIZIN 3 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will be streamed live and worldwide for free on EverSport.TV from 1am EST. (Note: Viewers from Japan, Korea, China, Croatia and Brazil will not be able to watch it at this link).