Fearless featherweight Leonard Garcia will return to the Octagon for the first time in three years next month when he enters the infamous eight-sided cage to compete at the Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale.
According the card’s updated, official line-up, Garcia will face 11-2 Tyler Toner at the event. Toner went 1-1 during his run in WEC and hadn’t lost since April 2007 before being outpointed by Diego Nunes at WEC 51.
“Bad Boy” Garcia has only been finished a single time in twenty-one professional fights and holds an overall record of 14-6-1. The product of Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico is known for his love of throwing caution to the wind against opponents and exchanging strikes with reckless abandon. One of Garcia’s most-memorable examples of such a “strategy” came in his instant-classic against Chan Sung Jung (i.e. “The Korean Zombie”) at WEC 48 last April.
In addition to the 145-pound pairing, the Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale is also scheduled to feature Stephan Bonnar mixing it up with Croatian competitor Igor Pokrajac, submission-specialist Demian Maia taking on TUF 3 champ Kendall Grove, and, of course, the season-culminating bout between TUF 12 finalists.