Leonard Garcia was criticized after taking four straight UFC losses and still having a job. UFC president Dana White enjoyed Garcia’s fights and has kept him around as a result. Garcia knows only a win can keep him under contract to the UFC.
“I feel like every fight in the UFC is that way, but this one, for sure, is,” said Garcia to MMA Fighting. “I feel like it doesn’t matter what kind of performance I have. If I don’t win, I don’t want to be in the UFC. If you’re not winning, why do you want to be there?”
He began 2011 with a submission loss to Jung Chan-Sung. That was followed by decision losses against Nam Phan, Matt Grice and Max Holloway.
This is Garcia’s second run with the UFC. After going 1-2 for them, he cut to featherweight and joined the WEC. When the WEC merged with the UFC, so did Garcia.
To keep his career alive, Garcia meets Cody McKenzie. Last year, McKenzie became a featherweight and is 1-1 in that weight class.
They are set for the preliminary end of UFC 159. It’s April 27 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.