Gabi joins Corinthians

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Gabrielle Garcia bursts with emotion after hard-fought win over Hannette at ADCC in England. Photo: Dan Rod.

The number-one placed team in the Brazilian soccer league this year, Corinthians didn’t mess around when signing a fighter for their ranks. Gabi Garcia, the absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu and over-60 kg ADCC winner, this Monday took a call from the São Paulo club and agreed to their offer.

“I just got a call from the directors at Corinthians,” she told her fans via Facebook. “Next Monday (24) I’ll be alongside Anderson Silva and Ronaldo to inaugurate the team’s martial arts training facilities. It will be an honor to be there with two big names of sport at the press conference! More news and projects to come.”

The MMA training center at the club will be open to anyone wishing to enroll, with Anderson teaching classes sporadically. Ramon Lemos, the champion’s Jiu-Jitsu coach, will head gentle art training.

“We’re finishing up the layout of the place. It will be behind the club’s workout facilities and will include the finest MMA equipment on the market, for Anderson and the other athletes to take advantage of,” said Corinthians Marketing Director Caio Campos in a recent interview with website IG, highlighting the fact that the club’s investment will also target an outreach project meant to teach martial arts to youths and children.

The training center’s dojo will be around 130 square meters and include a replica UFC octagon nine meters in diameter, according to information released by the club.

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