Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom and Rizin heavyweight Gabi Garcia was initially set to face off at Friday’s, Dec. 29, Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix bantamweight tournament. However, things have not been going the fighter’s way as of late.
The tournament was set to determine the semifinals for the bantamweight fighters, offering competitors a chance to start their run at division supremacy. Garcia was locked in to throw down with Japanese wrestling legend Shinobu Kandori. That being said, the fight would never come to pass.
Garcia hit the scales a grand total of 26 pounds over weight for the agreed limit of 209.4 pounds. Had the fight come to pass, Garcia would have had a 75 pound advantage over the Japanese wrestling legend. Rather, the fight was pulled from the event. Garcia has since come forward with a statement on the matter.
The Rizin competitor first offered an emotional apology to her fight fans in Saitama, Japan. Now, however, Garcia has decided to share an explanation on her recent weight management issue with the world through a social media post.
Taking to Instagram, Garcia explained that she dealt with high blood pressure, blurry eyesight, headaches and profuse bleeding during her debilitating weight cut.
The below statement, with Instagram, has several photos and a video, be sure to swipe to see all of Gabi’s story:
Everyone is looking for an excuse, but when it comes to health and our lives they can say it’s anything.
My life first.
pass the photos to the side!
Unfortunately a few days ago I measured my pressure and was high, I thought it was only that day.
When I got off the plane in Japan I went to my training and started to have a headache, my eyesight blurred and my nose bleeding all the time.
I warned my team, but I did not tell anyone because I did not give up.
After all my training, my nose was bleeding from leaving a towel next to it.
It was fine the night before and I decided to cut the weight the next morning, but I woke up with fever and again with my nose dripping, high blood pressure.
Too much stress before traveling, unfortunately I still do not control my body, but I control my decisions.
For those who have lost a brother, dying for a cut of weight would not be my choice.
All together, menstrual period, high blood pressure, it was necessary to cut 17 pounds.
I chose to live.
No need to post any explanation, but no one knows what people are going through.
Do not judge.
Thank you @rizin_pr @rizin_staff for cherishing my life.
I went up to the Saitama ring and apologized to my fans, who continue to support me and asked for my return.
I’m going to rest, and get better back in 2018.
With lots of news and going all the way.
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