Craig Jones and Gabi Garcia were just moments away from taking part in the biggest intergender match in the history of BJJ, but the fight was postponed at the very last moment. The pair were both in the same room in Ontario, California and a live-stream began on time on the official YouTube channel of BJJ World, but it quickly became apparent that the match would not be coming to fruition. Originally, Jones revealed that FloGrappling weren’t willing to put the match on for an undisclosed reason, which is what led to Jones travelling to California to stream the match for free directly from Garcia’s gym.
The live-stream that was supposed to be the match itself, ended up being a press conference between Craig Jones and Gabi Garcia instead once the match was revealed to be postponed. The pair announced that they would be delaying the fight in order to benefit from an increase in production value and to be able to better reach Garcia’s legion of fans that have been following her MMA career in Asia. They revealed that they’ve now had good offers in from a number of promotions which will no doubt result in the pair getting better compensated for the match as well, which is only fair of course.
They haven’t revealed which promotion will be staging the fight as yet, although when they both first agreed to the fight, they agreed to compete on the Who’s Number One stage. Seeing as Garcia mentioned fans of her MMA career in Asia specifically and she’s competed exclusively for RIZIN, it’s not impossible that they might be the ones staging the fight. Then again, ONE FC have also recently signed Gordon Ryan to compete in grappling matches so there’s also potential for Chatri Sityodtong to be the one who’s offered them the contract.