Though it’s been more than two years since UFC featherweight Leonard Garcia had his hand raised after a fight it doesn’t look like the fan-favorite has to worry about receiving a pink slip anytime soon thanks to the effort he consistently puts forth inside the Octagon. Garcia’s latest stumble came last night in a bout against Max Holloway at UFC 155, albeit a decision loss many onlookers felt he deserved to win.
Regardless, according to UFC President Dana White, Garcia is not in line to be released no matter what his recent record looks like.
“Sean Shelby, one of our matchmakers, came to me during the fights tonight and said, ‘Dana, I don’t want to cut this guy. And I said, ‘There’s no way in hell we’re cutting Leonard Garcia,’” relayed White to MMAJunkie after the bout’s conclusion. “I always say it: The guys who go and lay it all out on the line, those are the guys we like to have. Believe me, there’s a lot of guys that love to do that push-against-the-cage sh*t all night that I’d love to cut on a win.”
Garcia has earned a reputation for himself as one of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters based on his brawling style and general toughness. He owns six Fight of the Night awards in Zuffa-owned promotions.
The defeat to Holloway was Garcia’s fourth in a row and fifth in his last six scraps (with the lone victory being as controversial as his loss this weekend). He holds an overall record of 15-10 with notable success against Jens Pulver, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Chan Sung Jung.
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