38 Facts About Leonard Garcia


Leonard Garcia's mother gave birth to him when she was only 17 years old, and doctors had to inject steroids into Garcia's lungs because of a rare illness.


Leonard Garcia was raised in his grandparents' home, who had a farm and, along with his uncles, helped raise the young Leonard Garcia.


Leonard Garcia later attended Plainview High School, where he was a talented football player and had been involved in martial arts and boxing.


Leonard Garcia had been planning to walk-on to the Texas Tech football team, when he was involved in a physical altercation with a recently released felon at a local restaurant.


Leonard Garcia began his career in 1999, competing on the regional circuit in the Western United States.


Leonard Garcia competed in the first WEC event back in 2001 at WEC 1.


Leonard Garcia then defeated Allen Berube by submission at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale.

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Leonard Garcia defeated Hiroyuki Takaya via first-round knockout at WEC 32.


On March 1,2009, Leonard Garcia lost the WEC Featherweight Championship match against champion Mike Brown.


Leonard Garcia defeated Jameel Massouh via a controversial split decision on August 9,2009, at WEC 42.


Leonard Garcia was expected to face Diego Nunes on March 6,2010, at WEC 47, but Nunes was forced from the card with an injury.


Leonard Garcia instead faced former UFC fighter George Roop with the bout ending in a split draw.


Leonard Garcia faced WEC newcomer Chan Sung Jung on April 24,2010, at WEC 48.


Leonard Garcia replaced Cub Swanson who was forced from the card with an injury.


Leonard Garcia faced Mark Hominick on September 30,2010, at WEC 51.


Now managed by VFD Marketing, Leonard Garcia was expected to face Tyler Toner at The Ultimate 12 Finale, but Leonard Garcia was pulled from the bout with Toner in favor of a bout with Nam Phan.


Leonard Garcia lost to Jung in the second round, falling victim to the first twister submission in UFC history.


Leonard Garcia was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter 12 alumni Alex Caceres on August 14,2011, at UFC on Versus 5.


However, Leonard Garcia was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jimy Hettes.


Leonard Garcia lost via unanimous decision in a fight that earned Fight of the Night honors.


Leonard Garcia was expected to face Zhang Tie Quan on February 26,2012, at UFC 144.


However, Leonard Garcia was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Issei Tamura.


Leonard Garcia fought Matt Grice on June 8,2012, at UFC on FX 3.


Leonard Garcia lost the bout via unanimous decision.


Leonard Garcia was expected to face Cody McKenzie on December 29,2012, at UFC 155.

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Leonard Garcia lost the bout via unanimous decision and was released from the promotion.


On May 11,2013, Leonard Garcia signed a three-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championship, a promotion based out of Texas.


Leonard Garcia faced Rey Trujillo at Legacy FC 21 on July 19,2013, He snapped his five-fight losing streak winning via KO due to a head kick and punches in the third round.


Leonard Garcia faced Nick Gonzalez at Legacy FC 23 on September 13,2013.


Leonard Garcia won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.


Leonard Garcia won the fight via knockout in the first round to win the Legacy FC Featherweight Championship.


Leonard Garcia was expected to face Shane Howell for the Legacy FC Featherweight Championship at Legacy FC 29 on March 21,2014 Howell fell ill hours before the event and the fight was pulled from the card.


Leonard Garcia faced Daniel Pineda on November 14,2014, at Legacy FC 37.


Leonard Garcia lost the fight via submission in the first round and announced his retirement at the event after this loss.


Leonard Garcia first appeared in bare knuckle at BKFC 4 USA vs Mexico where he won the lightweight title by defeating Julian Lane by 2nd-round TKO.


Leonard Garcia later faced Jim Alers in a bare-knuckle boxing match at BKFC 7 on August 10,2019, losing by technical knockout in the first round.


On March 16,2021, in Biloxi, MS, Leonard Garcia headlined BKFC 16 opposite Joe Elmore.


In March 2008, Leonard Garcia was arrested as part of an alleged cocaine ring, which put his career on hold.