Marcelo Garcia, an IBJJF and ADCC Hall Of Famer – and one of the most liked people in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Garcia shared news about his diagnosis in a recent Instagram post:
I’m about to fight the biggest fight of my life, I have stomach cancer and will start chemo for 3 months and back at MSK for surgery remove the tumor.
Please keep me and my family on your prayers. Get your check ups, listen to your body, all I had was hiccups after eating and I’m glad I went to see a doctor.
Just wanted to say thank you for everyone who’s supporting me now, you all know who you are and I will never forget it.
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Supportive comments have been coming from all sides. For example, from Demian Maia:
You’re one of the most special people I’ve ever met and the most amazing I’ve seen when it comes to facing life’s obstacles. Everything will be fine, my brother!
And Bernardo Faria:
One more battle that you are going to win by submission and inspired the whole World as you ALWAYS DO! We love you Marcelinho!
Marcelo Garcia is a 5x World Champion and a 4X ADCC champion, as well as an absolute silver medalist.
He is the only competitor to win the division 4 times and has had some epic matches like his match with Ricco Rodriguez, Kron Gracie etc., while maintaining a submission rate of over 70%.