Looks like Gabi Garcia is going to have her hands full.
After announcing her participation in this weekend’s Shoot Boxing Girl's S-Cup 2017, Garcia has now revealed her opponent for the upcoming RIZIN event as Russian boxer Oksana Gagloeva. Garcia made the announcement earlier today via Instagram.
Unlike her shoot boxing fight, Gagloeva is not going to be an undersized opponent. She is listed as 5’9” (or 5’10”, depending on the source) and is listed as being an armwrestling and boxing champion, competing in the 100kg weight class. At 23 years of age, she will be making her MMA debut and has competed in grappling competitions while training at the Gladiator Fighting Team. Gagloeva also is a teammate of Garcia’s second MMA opponent, Anna Maliukova.
Some footage of her grappling is available here (link available):
As for her striking, it looks something like this in training:
Gagloeva Oksana County: Russia Age: 23 Height: 177cm Weight: 100kg 2(x) Russian Champion in boxing 4(x) Greece Champion in boxing 3(x) Grappling Champion 2(x) Russian Champion in Armrestling @mma_gladiator_belgorod @riznff @rizin @gabigarciaoficial @nobu_sakakibara @wmma @ufc @bellator @fightinglab @ufc_rus_mma @union_mma_of_russia @fedorteamofficial
It certainly cannot be argued that this won’t be a fair fight, or at least closer to fair than some in the past. We will find out in a few weeks how this all plays out.
Gagloeva takes on Garcia at RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 1st Round on July 30th, live from the Saitama Super Arena. This card will be headlined by former UFC title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi and Hideo Tokoro.