Leonard Garcia - Five Best Fights
Winning is everything in the UFC. From multiplying your fight night paycheck to step by step becoming a title contender.
However, there’s something that is just as important – delivering fans the performance they paid for.
VFD Marketing athlete Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia is just one of those fighters who will leave everything inside the Octagon. Win or lose, Garcia managed to maintain his fan-favorite status for years, fighting for both WEC and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
On April 27, Leonard Garcia will step inside the Octagon for the 8th time in his career. Bad Boy’s opponent across the cage will be TUF alumni Cody McKenzie, with both fighters looking get back on winning ways in the UFC.
Before the storm, here are Leonard Garcia’s five greatest hits in the WEC/UFC. Feel free to follow Leonard Garcia on Twitter @BadBoyGarcia.
UFC 69 (Rogert Huerta)
This is where it all started. Garcia made his Octagon debut against Roger “El Matador” Huerta at UFC 69. Back in the day, Huerta was considered as one of the top fighters in the UFC Lightweight division, while Garcia was the new kid from Jackson’s MMA. Nevertheless, the fight went for all three rounds, going in memory as one of the greatest scraps in UFC history. Huerta won the decision.
WEC 36 (Jens Pulver)
Fresh off a quick first round KO victory over Hiroyuki Takaya, Leonard Garcia met the legendary Jens Pulver in WEC. Pulver was looking to prove a point, but a barrage of punches from Leonard Garcia forced the referee to stop the action. Leonard Garcia earned KO of the Night award for his performance.
WEC 47 (George Roop)
Draws are very unusual in Mixed Martial Arts. The scoring system ensures that there’s always a fighter who gets his hand raised after the final round. However, there’s always one in every crowd. George Roop vs. Leonard Garcia was a great fight, with both luchadores leaving it all inside the cage. Fight of the Night award for both fighters, and a draw on judges’ scorecards.
WEC 48 (The Korean Zombie)
Pretty much everything has been said about this fight. This is a truly legendary encounter. The fight between Leonard Garcia and TKZ received the prestigious Fight of the Year Award, sparking a worldwide interest in both fighters. 3 rounds of pure MMA classic.
TUF 12 Finale (Nam Phan)
Yes, this fight is famous for the controversial judges’ decision that awarded Leonard Garcia the victory. However, it is also important to remember that there was a great fight going on inside the Octagon. Once again, Garcia found himself in a three-round war against a skillful opponent, and once again, Leonard Garcia took home Fight of the Night money.
UFC 136 (Nam Phan rematch)
Nam Phan got his rematch ten months later at UFC 136. Once again, both fighters left everything inside the cage in a classical Fight of the Night encounter. Only that this time it was Nam Phan who got the victory. We are expecting more of the same from Leonard Garcia at UFC 159 against Cody McKenzie, plus the ‘W’.