After a trio of consecutive stumbles, making it four losses in five fights, UFC featherweight Leonard Garcia has heard the questions from fans and media members surrounding his future in MMA. And, after some soul searching and what he feels has been one of his best camps in a long time, he’s ready to answer them.
According to Garcia, his struggle to find success since a controversial decision win over Nam Phan two years ago was the result of him trying to fix what wasn’t necessarily broken. According to the 33-year old, he started spending so much time trying to add to his arsenal he got away from the things he did best.
“I was trying to make something that I wasn’t. It was tough to deal with because I knew I was in there doing the right things. I was in there working, trying to figure things out, but I wasn’t making it my own stuff. And it took the three losses to make me see,” revealed Garcia in an interview with the UFC’s website.
“I’m submitting guys again, I’m beating people up again, and I’m not missing six punches, I’m landing six of ‘em,” he continued on his turnaround in training. “I haven’t been this excited for a fight in a long time.”
With the possibility of another defeat looming in front of him this weekend when he faces Max Holloway at UFC 155, Garcia knows he’s in a “must win” situation and plans to come through as a result in order to start 2013 out on a positive note.
“I really want to come into my own this next year. I’ve been working hard in the gym and I feel like this is something that needs to happen for me,” said Garcia. “It’s really important that I stay healthy and actually make a run. I need to bring the name Leonard Garcia back up to standard, and to do that I have to be active and fight at least four times a year. It took a lot of soul searching, and I feel like I’m back, and 2013 is gonna be my year, God willing.”
Garcia holds an overall record of 15-9-1 including success against the likes of Jens Pulver, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Chan Sung Jung. Comparably, Holloway is 6-1 with success in back-to-back bouts. Fans can catch their clash on the Facebook portion of the prelims.
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