The latest bout added to the UFC’s year-end show in late December features featherweights Leonard Garcia and Cody McKenzie, two of the division’s most entertaining competitors who also happen to have relatively big personalities to boot. However, each has struggled to find success as of late, meaning their meeting will have more than a win-bonus on the line as the loser is almost certain to be cut from the roster.
Officials confirmed the UFC 155 clash earlier today.
Garcia has lost four of his last five fights including three straight, while the lone win involved a Split Decision over Nam Phan many viewers felt he’d been wrongfully awarded. The string of stumbles is a far cry from the potential Garcia showed earlier in his career, dropping his record down to 15-9-1 despite past wins over Jens Pulver and Chan Sung Jung.
Meanwhile, McKenzie is 1-3 since winning at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale after making a name for himself during the attached season. The 13-3 Alaskan has finished all of the opponents he’s beaten including twelve by way of tap-out, many of which involved his patented McKenzie-tine technique.
The December 29 show is headlined by a heavyweight title-fight between Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez with other scraps scheduled such as Joe Lauzon-Gray Maynard, Alan Belcher-Yushin Okami, Tim Boetsch-Chris Weidman, and Forrest Griffin-Phil Davis.
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