WEC featherweight brawler Leonard Garcia is set to take on Canadian striker Mark Hominick tonight at WEC 51. Garcia recently spoke with MMAFighting.com about the fight and the role that fear will play in boosting him towards victory.
“I don’t want to walk into a fight thinking I can win,” Garcia said. “I want to walk in feeling a little worried about the guy. The fights that scare me are the ones where I think I do my best. I feel like it’s really important to have a guy in front of you that scares you.”
Garcia told MMAFighting that fear motivated him in victories over Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie,” and Hiroyuki Takaya; saying, “I was scared to death. And Jens Pulver, too. All three of those fights, it was like pins and needles the whole time. I felt it walking in.”
Speaking on the technical aspects of the fight, Garcia is honest in acknowledging that his reckless, go-for-broke style could get him into trouble against a seasoned striker in Hominick.
“I think it could be tough for me because he’s a little bit more technical than I am, honestly,” Garcia said. “He’s a little more pinpoint. He throws three punches to land three punches. I throw three punches to land one.”
Garcia, a team member at Jackson’s Submission Fighting, feels that he could position himself close to a title shot in the featherweight division with an impressive showing against Hominick; just one more motivating factor for the Plainview, Texas native.
“I feel like this fight is a huge step for me,” he said. “There’s not a No. 1 contender in our weight class right now. There’s so many guys whose names are being tossed around. I feel like this is one of those fights that could put me right on the cusp of getting a title shot, so I feel like I have to perform.”
WEC 51 goes down this evening at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado and will feature a main event match up between WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and number one contender Manny Gamburyan.