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RIZIN announces Gabi Garcia’s next opponent

The multiple time world BJJ champion is stepping back in the ring, this time against a women’s pro football player.

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BJJ powerhouse and MMA neophyte Gabi Garcia has got another MMA bout booked, as the Underground reports. The former multiple time world champion grappler has already competed twice in the last 12 months, knocking out Lei’D Tapa in her MMA debut back in December of 2015, and submitting Anna Malyukova at RIZIN 1 back in April. Now, with the next event from the upstart Japanese promotion fast approaching, she’s got a new test in front of her.

Destanie Yarbrough is a pro football player for the Central California War Angels women’s football team. She’s also 1-0 in MMA, having made her debut with a 1st round TKO (via doctor stoppage) over Crystal Parson in April of this year. The 5’ 7” 220 lb running back is set to make her RIZIN debut against Garcia at the promotion’s first leg of their 2016 Grand Prix as one of three WMMA bouts on the card. You can check out Yarbrough’s MMA debut below:

RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2016 is set to go down on September 25th in Saitama, Japan and will feature the first of several openweight fights leading to an eventual Grand Prix champion, to be crowned during the promotion’s New Year’s Eve events expected late this year.

Here’s a look at the current fight card:

Kron Gracie vs. Hideo Tokoro
Andy Souwer vs. Daron Cruickshank
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Asen Yamamoto
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Baruto Kaito (Grand Prix bout)
Teodoras Aukštuolis vs. Kenneth Bergh
Gabrielle Garcia vs. Destanie Yarbrough
Miyu Yamamoto vs. Rena Kubota
Kanako Murata vs. Kyra Batara