5x MMA Champion Expresses Concern After Discovering ‘Awful News’ About World Acclaimed BJJ Star Marcelo Garcia

Published 01/21/2023, 4:45 PM EST

The MMA world went into a state of shock when legendary BJJ coach Marcelo Garcia broke the news of his recent health battle publicly on January 19. Notably, the world-acclaimed teacher took to his social media handle and penned a heartfelt message to his followers as he announced the “biggest fight” of his life. Revealing his condition and the fight against stomach cancer, the Brazilian also disclosed his future plan to defeat the formidable foe. Following this revelation, UFC fighters and MMA fans expressed their concern regarding the same. Further, they offered condolences and support to the submission grappler and his family for the tough road ahead. Among the long list of admirers of the 40-year-old, the former 5-time MMA champion also took to Twitter to express his concerns.

Significantly, Jake Shields reacted to the appalling news after one of his followers notified him of the saddening development. Further, the practitioner of the same style as Marcelo Garcia couldn’t process the same, as was evident by his reaction.

Former MMA champion Jake Shields’ reaction to Marcelo Garcia’s condition


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The 44-year-old replied to one of his followers who had offered his prayers to the ADCC Hall of Famer. Informing the UFC veteran about how Gracia recently found his health condition, the fan’s comment evoked an emotional response from him.

Thus, Shields wrote back, “Wow This is awful news”

Notably, the former UFC title contender evolved his distinct style, American Jiu-Jitsu, by blending wrestling and BJJ.

The other prominent names who offered their support to the Jiu-Jitsu pioneer include Andre Galvalo, Claudia Dovall, Demian Maia, and Eddie Bravo, among many others.

Marcelo Garcia sent out a heartfelt message to his followers

The highly decorated competitor told that he will start chemo for 3 months and then surgically remove the tumor. Furthermore, he asked the fans to keep him and his family in their prayers.


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Subsequently, arguably one of the best grapplers in the world, he advised the fans to listen to their bodies and get checkups. Later on, he added how grateful he was as he visited the doctor, only the hiccups after eating.

Lastly, he thanked his fans who supported him and maintained to never forget them. After retiring and claiming five IBJJF world titles from 2004 to 2011; Garcia took the role of a coach in the latter half of his career.


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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.

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