* Since Gabi Garcia vs Craig Jones confirmed their No-Gi fight, no time limit and only a submission will stop the bout, BJJ fans all over the world have been excited. Amid criticism and guesses, social media have been overflowed due to the coming fight.

The fight that would have happened on March 28, in Los Angeles (USA), was postponed. Both were waiting to fight but, due to the possible giant number of users online to watch the fight on live streaming it would probably crash.

During a live broadcast on Instagram, Gabi Garcia stated she wants to schedule the fight but, this time, they need to be sure the system will hold. In an interview with TATAME, the black-belt from Alliance talked about the fight against Craig Jones.

“People thought the fight could be fake, but it has always been true. I got, in two days, 17k  messages on Instagram. It was huge. A friend of mine, Lorenz Larkin (Bellator athlete), has a streaming company  and said he had all the equipment needed to stream the fight. One day before, he tested at my gym and said that the internet wouldn’t hold many people at once. I told my manager and other companies were interested in purchasing it. There was no marketing catch,” Garcia explained.

Ccheck out the interview with Gabi Garcia:

– Where did the idea of this fight against Craig Jones come from?

Craig Jones spoke some stupid things, like I didn’t know how to go for a leglock and I replied saying we could fight, I would train with him. It wasn’t a challenge. I take it very seriously. I don’t joke around. He’s a funny guy. That was the first time an opponent made me laugh. He’s a character just like I have always been one for so many people. On the mat I’m one, and outside I’m someone else. That’s how it works with Craig Jones and some other Americans, like Gordon Ryan. I don’t think it’s bad. I’ve been the villain for 15 years and made money out of it. Each one makes it their way. It’s there’s respect, all can happen. It began on the internet. He said he would come to LA to record a podcast and I invited him to come over to my gym.

– What about fight against a man

I have trained my whole life with men. I was champion training with men at Alliance. What’s the difference with training with Craig Jones? Nothing changes, there’s no difference. I do it everyday at my gym. I’m always training with guys.

– Fans criticizing the postponed fight

People thought the fight could be fake, but it has always been true. I got, in two days, 17k  messages on Instagram. It was huge. I sent printscreens to managers and Craig Jones team. We got 300 messages from people wanting to purchase tickets to the fight. One of my managers showed those to three different companies and one of them showed interest even before we showed any numbers. A friend of mine, Lorenz Larkin (Bellator athlete), has a streaming company  and said he had all the equipment needed to stream the fight. One day before, he tested at my gym and said that the internet wouldn’t hold many people at once. I told my manager and other companies were interested in purchasing it. There was no marketing catch. Craig Jones and his team traveled two hours by car just to tell people the fight couldn’t happen on that day. People were disappointed because the fight didn’t happen. So did I. The fight will happen, one way or another. I couldn’t organize everything within three days. We are going to make the fight on a different platform and we have some proposals already.

– Do you intend to train differently to fight against Craig Jones?  

There will be no special training. I am a woman, I train, I own a gym and I have many things to do. I’m working to expand my gym, I’m recording in a studio, attending to English classes, dance classes for a movie and I have several BJJ superfight proposals. I don’t have a special strategy to fight against Craig. I’m not saying I’m going to submit him. I’ll fight the way I fight and that’s it. I’m tough. Those men who trained with me know that. I think it’s not going to be easy for him. If he submits me, that will be it. If it takes 30 minutes, that will be it. I’m taking it seriously but not in a way that makes me train in a special way. I don’t even have time for that.

* By Mateus Machado