Gabi Garcia Interview – Gracie Hangout Episode 2
Cesalina Gracie: Gabi we’re here having breakfast. Everyone at home is very curious as to what you eat.
Gabi Garcia: Breakfast is the most important meal of my day. I’m gone for most of the day so it’s the meal that will sustain me throughout the day. I don’t feel hungry in the mornings but it’s the meal that I eat most carbs and it’s when I eat better to be honest because at night my diet is much more restricted. So my breakfast is basically what you are seeing here today.
Cesalina Gracie: You’ve lost a lot of weight recently. What is your secret? Please tell me! I’m going to a wedding next week and want to look good!
Gabi Garcia: I’ve lost 88 pounds in total. If you want something really bad and you focus on it you will achieve it.
Cesalina Gracie: How do you control your anxiety during competitions? We tend to eat more during those times. Do you still get nervous before a fight?
Gabi Garcia: That’s a question that no one asks me. People think that I enter the mats knowing that I am going to win. I have lost many times. When you know how bitter a defeat tastes, you never want to feel it again.
Cesalina Gracie: Any plans on fighting MMA?
Gabi Garcia: I’m ready to fight MMA.
Cesalina Gracie: Do you have any fights scheduled? Come on, share it with us.
Gabi Garcia: It’s pretty much scheduled. By July I want to have done my first fight.
Cesalina Gracie: Who would win in this polemic fight between Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg?
Gabi Garcia: In my opinion, Cris would win that fight.
Cesalina Gracie: Ronda said that she can submit any female Jiu Jitsu fighter. Would she submit you?
Gabi Garcia: I really wanted to fight her even though our weight difference is pretty big. But if she thinks she can finish any girl, I would fight her for free. I would defend my sport.
Cesalina Gracie: Will your Jiu Jitsu be set aside for your transition to MMA?
Gabi Garcia: There is always something to learn. Every time I enter the mats I ask Fabio: “How did you come up with this technique? Are you hiding a magic book in your house? You have a magic book and I will find out where it is.” And those findings make me realize how much I still have to learn.
Cesalina Gracie: You went through some really hard times when your brother passed away only one week before the ADCC. How did you manage to stay focused and still win the tournament?
Gabi Garcia: I’ve never mentioned this before, because it has hurt me very deeply. He had a sudden death on the mats during the warmup. He was actually stretching when he started feeling chest pains and had a heart attack at the age of 22. I remember when I went to England. I said, “I’m not going to win the ADCC.” I knew I wasn’t going to perform well. I won my first fight, won my second fight, and became the ADCC champion. In that moment I realized that my tears, while having my arm raised, weren’t tears of joy for winning the ADCC. It was for overcoming all of that suffering, and knowing that the victory was for him. I remember I went straight to the hotel, packed my bags, and flew back home. And when I arrived the first thing I did was to get my car and drive to the cemetery to leave him the clothes that I used in my fights. It was a moment when I found myself… A lot of people judged me saying: “She is so heartless. She didn’t go back home to be with her family.” But a lot of people said, “This girl’s very strong. This girl overcame everything. Every time I’m about to enter the mats, I ask him, “Campeon, please be with me.” Because he made me a stronger woman.
Cesalina Gracie: What was the biggest learning that Jiu Jitsu brought into your life?
Gabi Garcia: Respect. Respect. Respect and overcome.
Cesalina Gracie: If you weren’t a fighter, what would you be?
Gabi Garcia: Nothing. I would be nothing.
Cesalina Gracie: What was the craziest thing that a fan has done for you?
Gabi Garcia: I have a fan club where all the girls tattooed my face on their calves. They are all adorable but all 16, 17 years old. I worry about their moms, if they are going to come after me.
Cesalina Gracie: Guys I looked into Gabi’s handbag and she has a whole suitcase just for makeup. How is it? Do you enjoy going to the salon, putting makeup on and getting ready? How do you take care of yourself outside of the mats?
Gabi Garcia: This is something that nobody knows, but I have a big makeup collection. I don’t wear it during my daily routine. I only carry a powder or a little something in my purse, but at home I have a full makeup collection. I have a feminine side that people don’t know about. But I love makeup. I’m always shopping. Sometimes I walk into a makeup store and people think I won’t buy anything because of my biotype, but I leave loaded with makeup.
Cesalina Gracie: And in the midst of so much training, is there any time left for dating?
Gabi Garcia: Oh yes, there is. There has got to be. We have to live, right? There are a lot more men interested in me now. But now it’s easy… Back then, nobody wanted. But I don’t take it seriously.
Cesalina Gracie: And all that sweetness migrates to the country music? What kind of music do you like?
Gabi Garcia: I enjoy listening to country music, pagode. Everybody teases me because of that. At the gym all of my friends listen to rock music. But I like country music, I really do. I listen to it all the time. Pagode, samba, I like it a lot.
Cesalina Gracie: So sing a country song for us that is popular in Brazil right now.
Gabi Garcia: (Sings)