I've had the pleasure of training Gabi Garcia for her upcoming bout at #Rizin. I will be with her in Japan and have been working with her on her striking.
I think a lot of people underestimate her striking, because she's so new at it. But the thing about Gabi is, she's a long time jiu-jitsu practitioner, and she knows how to apply herself.
And she's willing to learn, which is more than a lot of people can say.
I personally feel she's improved on her feet each fight and I think she's only going to continue to grow. She looks great in the gym, and she looks great hitting pads. But it takes time. She only has three MMA fights, she didn't do any amateur fights; she went right to pro, she's doing incredibly well for her lack of stand up experience.
Gabi get's a lot of grief from people about her striking, and a lot of haters saying that she's not an MMA fighter. But they don't realize how far she's come. She has three victories, three fights – and she's still learning.
She comes into the gym, she soaks up the knowledge, she has incredible training partners, works with some of the greatest fighters in the game, like Cris #Cyborg. She trains here with Andre Walker.
I think people need to be cautious because a girl that size with just mediocre striking and that type of jiu jitsu is the most dangerous female in the world.
She can throw a straight one, two and get her arms around you, that's all she has to do. She doesn't need to throw a spinning back kick, she doesn't need to know how to throw a 50 punch combo. She needs to know how to protect herself, throw a few straight punches and get ahold of her opponent.
Gabi can do that perfectly.
I truly believe that there isn't a girl in the world that if she gets a hold of, she can't finish.