Since Leonard Garcia was released by the UFC, he said Bellator offered him a contract. The featherweight wasn’t interested due their current contract dispute with Eddie Alvarez. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney then claimed the promotion never approached him and someone was falsely representing Bellator.
Garcia’s camp, Haymaker’s Empire Sports Management, doesn’t seem to agree and issued the following statement.
“One must wonder, if this had actually been occurring, why Bellator waited until now – after Garcia made known his and other fighters’ mistrust of their promotion – to suddenly decide to make mention of ‘The Bellator Phantom’. The claim appears childish and far-fetched at best.”
Garcia eventually signed a three fight deal with Legacy FC. He meets Rey Trujillo on the July 19 card.