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Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori scratched from Rizin 8 after weigh-in miss

After her fight against Shinobu Kandori was pulled from Rizin FF 8 in what only could be described as a massive weigh-in miss, Gabi Garcia entered the ring at Friday’s event for one of the more bizarre moments of the year.

Garcia (4-0) was forced to step in the ring inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, where she apologized for coming in 28 pounds overweight for her bout against Kandori (4-1), which was scheduled for 209 pounds.

It only took seconds once she started speaking for Garcia to become emotional. The Brazilian fought back tears while explaining what went wrong, and hinted that the cause stemmed from a medical issue she believed was resolved.

Garcia states “This is the first time this happened in my life,” Garcia said. “I had problems, three weeks before the fight. I think I recover. My first training here, my nose is with blood and my blood pressure (was off). I can’t cut weight because I’m with many problems. I respect her. I respect my opponent. She’s a legend here and I’m so sad. I cry a lot because this is the first time I don’t enter (the arena down the entrance), I enter through the back.

“I need to say sorry for all my fans in Japan,” she continued. “I love you guys. I challenge (Kandori) for next year for the weight. I’ll cut the weight. This happened (for the) first time, and if you need fight with me, it will be satisfied next year. I’m so sorry Japan. I love you guys and I’m (coming) back more strong than ever.”

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