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Freak Show Alert: Gabi Garcia to Make MMA Debut Against Bantamweight Megumi Yabushita [UPDATE: NOPE]


(Okay, so here’s my movie idea: A washed-up UFC heavyweight tries to make his way back into the big leagues by posing as a woman. Everything goes according to plan until he falls in love with a tough-talking ring girl played by Jennifer Lawrence. Working title: ‘Holy Crap, Gabi Garcia Is Enormous.’)

In what might be the first legitimate David vs. Goliath match in women’s MMA history*, nine-time jiu-jitsu world champion Gabi Garcia will make her MMA debut in an open-weight bout against bantamweight journeywoman Megumi Yabushita. The fight will take place at Real 1 (December 23rd at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum), which will be put on by Chinese promotion Real Fight Championship.

Garcia, who walks around well above 200 pounds, told Tatame that she plans to show up to the fight around 205. No matter what number she hits on the scale, she will dwarf Yabushita, a veteran Japanese jobber with a 19-22 record, who has lost to the likes of Rin Nakai, Sarah Kaufman, Shayna Baszler, Tara LaRosa, and Marloes Coenen. Yabushita is on a six-fight losing streak, hasn’t competed in 18 months, and hasn’t won a fight since April 2010. Basically, Gabi Garcia vs. Megumi Yabushita is the female equivalent of Bob Sapp vs Bobby Ologun.

In March of this year, it was revealed that Garcia failed a drug test for Clomiphene — the same estrogen blocker that Chael Sonnen tested positive for earlier this year — and was stripped of the medals she earned at the 2013 IBJJF World Championships. However, the United States Anti-Doping Agency ruled that Garcia “had not acted negligently and was not at fault for the positive test,” and did not suspend her.

Real 1 will also feature the MMA debut of Kron Gracie, who will compete in a 160-pound main event against an opponent to be named later. At this time, we can not confirm rumors that he will be fighting a nine-year-old child.

* UPDATE #1: We were wrong. Yabushita is no stranger to the female David vs. Goliath game. Check out her win over 330-pound Russian judoka Svetlana Goundarenko way back in December 2000:


* UPDATE #2: Gabi Garcia tells Tatame that she never accepted a fight against Yabushita, and she has no interest in fighting someone that much smaller than her:

We were negotiating numbers and my opponent. Then, out of nowhere, they scheduled me to fight without my permission. I saw the news on the internet and I had never heard of this girl. The talk was that I would fight on December 23rd, but there was no opponent. Yabushita asked to fight against me because she already had against bigger girls than her, but I wasn’t notified and it ain’t going to happen. I really want to have my debut soon but we are missing an opponent. Some girls want to fight me to have attention but I can’t turn this into a freakshow, a circus. I want to fight for real.”

I want to fight in MMA because it’s a personal challenge for me, it’s not because of the money. I denied this fight because of the size and weight difference. I was always judged for being stronger, so I think that accepting it would be bad for my career, my image. The minimum I can make is 191 pounds. I said that I could make 198 pounds for this fight in Japan. The problem is that Real Fight wants me to face a Japanese. Here in Brazil there are some promotions that want me, like XFC. What I really want is to fight. I have taken a look at some girls’ records, possible opponents. There is Amanda Lucas (5-1) and Lana Stefanac (6-0), who I faced in Jiu-Jitsu. They are big girls. If there isn’t and opponent for me abroad, I’ll make my debut in Brazil.”

Dang. We were kind of looking forward to this one…

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