Leonard Garcia racked up his fifth consecutive UFC defeat when he lost a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) to Cody McKenzie at UFC 159. After the fight, UFC president Dana White told the assembled media that Garcia’s future with the promotion was “not looking good.”
Today, we got our answer about Garcia's future, and it won’t be with the UFC.
Garcia leaves the promotion with an overall record of 15-11-1 and a 7-10-1 run with the UFC/WEC.
Garcia’s two most recent wins were split-decision victories over Chan Sung Jung and Nam Phan. Both fights took home “Fight of the Night” honors. While Garcia did have his hand raised in both of those fights, the victories are often brought up when fans and pundits discuss the worst decisions in MMA history.
For the most part, when a UFC fighter hits three consecutive defeats, they can expect to receive their release from the promotion. Garcia was afforded a little more leeway due to the fact that his brawling, take-no-prisoners fighting style was one that fans and the UFC brass enjoyed watching.
That style was best displayed in the fight against Phan, where the two fighters threw an astounding 742 strikes, landing 302 of them.
Garcia was unable to find that groove against McKenzie at UFC 159, as White said after the fight, "He got beat. He even got beat standing up. Cody McKenzie beat him tonight, every way you can beat a guy."
Garcia leaves the UFC/WEC with six “Fight of the Night” bonus awards to his name.