Former UFC featherweight Leonard Garcia has reportedly signed a three-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championships. Garcia is expected to make his debut with the Texas-based promotion on July 19 against Rey Trujillo. AXS.tv’s “Inside MMA” first revealed the signing.
Garcia will also be making a change in training camp after five-straight losses in the UFC. The Texas-native will be heading to Team Alpha Male after a long relationship with Jackson’s MMA.
Garcia has also placed himself in the headlines by saying he received offers from both the World Series of Fighting and Bellator MMA, a claim that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney shot down on Friday. Garcia’s management fired back at the Bellator CEO, questioning Bellator’s claim that the promotion approached him and that if someone contacted Garcia it was not Bellator, but rather someone claiming to be Bellator.
False representatives have been an issue for people in the past, Invicta FC has consistently had issues with them to the point where their CEO issued a press release about the issue last year. Still, this is just the latest bad press for Bellator in what has been a rough week for the promotion.
Whether Garcia was approached or not is irrelevant at this stage of the fighter’s career, as the featherweight has not won a non-controversial fight since his WEC 36 victory over Jens Pulver in 2008.