On Sunday in Saitama, Japan, RIZIN Fighting Federation delivered another exciting show, once again showcasing women who compete in the welterweight and heavyweight divisions. King Reina (5-0), the number-one welterweight in the world, competed against heavyweight contender Lei’D Tapa (0-2) in an exciting three-round war, with Reina picking up the unanimous decision. Gabi Garcia (4-0, 1 NC), attempted to defend her number-one heavyweight position against Oxana Gagloeva (0-0, 1 NC), however the fight was stopped early in round-one following an accidental eye-poke.
WMMA Rankings takes a look at potential upcoming fights for the women of RIZIN FF 6.
Gabi Garcia VS Oxana Gagloeva II
The fallout from Sunday’s fight has certainly been a big one. The pair have been all over the media trading shots at each other ever since. Gagloeva’s camp have revealed that she has a “severely damaged” cornea and have slammed Gabi Garcia for being “the benchmark of a fighter who does not respect other fighters“. Meanwhile, Garcia has publicly branded Gagloeva a “p**sy” and a “coward”, she also claims that Gagloeva is lying about her injuries.
It appears there is some unsettled business between Garcia and Gagloeva and a rematch on the October 15 card is very likely. However, RIZIN FF will want to be sure the same thing won’t happen again, if they decide to book the rematch. Stylistically the fight is a fun one, Gagloeva’s credentials make her Garcia’s toughest opponent to date.
King Reina VS Cindy Dandois
King Reina successfully improved her undefeated record to 5-0 on Sunday. There is a huge list of fighters wanting to fight the number-one welterweight in the world, however the most high-profile person to call her out is no doubt the newly announced free agent, former UFC star Cindy Dandois.
Both Reina and Dandois tend to shy away from the stand-up aspect of the game, instead using their worldclass Judo skills to their advantage, making this a very interesting fight featuring two women of very similar styles. For Reina it would be a chance to prove herself against one of the most skilled P4P competitors she will ever face. For Dandois, a woman who has beaten Marloes Coenen and Megan Anderson, it would give her the opportunity to make an immediate post-UFC statement by taking out the physically larger undefeated star and put herself in the mix in a third division (having also competed as as a bantamweight and featherweight).
Destanie Yarbrough VS Lei’D Tapa
Tapa’s decision loss against King Reina means she is now 0-2 in her professional MMA career. Despite the loss, she showed tremendous improvements to her striking game, dominating the action on the feet and stunning Reina on several occasions. She is also known for being Garcia’s toughest opponent to date, knocking her down in the first round.
Destanie Yarbrough (1-1) is the next fight to make for Tapa. She is another woman who likes to “stand and bang”, owning a notable knockout victory over Crystal Parson, with her sole career loss being a submission to Gabi Garcia. A fight between Yarbrough and Tapa would be a fun stand-up war with two of the most hard-hitting and skilled strikers in the division. For Tapa, it would be a chance to gain her first career victory and make a statement by taking out the number-two ranked fighter. For Yarbrough, it would give her the opportunity to rebound from her loss to Gabi and begin her run at another shot for the number-one position.
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.
With RIZIN FF 6 complete, who would you like to see each fighter face next?