Gabi Garcia's mismatched bout ends with punishing kick, ruled no contest

Gabi Garcia delivers a kick to Megumi Yabushita.
Gabi Garcia delivers a kick to Megumi Yabushita.

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.

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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.

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.

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