Former UFC featherweight Leonard Garcia was released from the promotion following his loss to Cody McKenzie at last month’s UFC 159 event. In an interview with MMA Sentinel, Garcia said that he is already receiving offers from multiple organizations. He has no plans to join Bellator because of their feud with the UFC, which he hopes to return to after getting a few quality wins under his belt.
The organizations that Garcia mentioned as potential suitors were ONE FC, World Series of Fighting and Legacy FC.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the interview came whenever Garcia mentioned his future plans for his training. Garcia said that he hopes to split time between his usual home at Greg Jackson’s and Team Alpha Male in California.
“This had to happen for me to make some type of change. Of course, I’ve got my cousin, Duane Ludwig, out there with Team Alpha Male, and he’s been texting me like crazy,” Garcia said during the interview. “He’s like, ‘Hey man, the problem is that guys can take you down and hold you down. I’ve got a room full of people that can take you down and hold you down. You need to get up here and do what you’ve got to do to get back to the UFC.’
“Greg (Jackson) agreed. He said, ‘Yeah, let’s send you out there for a little while and see how that fits. Maybe do half your camp up there and half your camp down here, and we’ll figure it out.’”
If Garcia could have the same kind of success training with Ludwig at Team Alpha Male as the rest of the fight team’s fighters have had in their recent fights, it could be a career revival that will set him up for a few more good years before he calls it quits on his career.