Gabi Garcia continued her reign of terror in Japan on Thursday night at the 2017 Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup in Tokyo.
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Brazilian was pitted against 5-foot-2, 134-pound Megumi Yabushita, a 45-year-old with more than 20 years of MMA experience. Predictably, things did not end well for the more seasoned and much smaller fighter.
Garcia dropped Yabushita with a punch less than two minutes into the first round and followed it up with an illegal soccer kick to the upper body of her downed opponent.
Gabi Garcia fight was a no contest due to illegal soccer kick pic.twitter.com/JEWo6vKU13
— Tony Fagnano (@BigToneMMA) July 7, 2017
That was it for Yabushita, who injured her shoulder on the final blow and left the ring with her arm in a sling.
The fight was ruled a no-contest and not a disqualification, as the referee deemed Garcia’s illegal kick to be unintentional. It was clear Garcia didn’t quite grasp the rules of shoot boxing — she was also penalized earlier in the fight for a similar infraction. Shoot boxing only permits punches, knees, elbows, throws and submissions from a standing position.
This was the second time Garcia has been matched up against an inferior opponent. In December, the nine-time world jiu-jitsu champion bludgeoned 49-year-old pro wrestler Yumiko Hotta at Rizin Fighting Federation 4.
Garcia’s next fight should be a little more competitive, as she is set to take on 24-year-old Russian Oksana Gogloeva, who is 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, at Rizin FF 6 on July 29.
The 31-year-old Garcia is 4-0 in her MMA career after turning pro in December 2015.