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Leonard Garcia Talks Pulver and Future

Written by Tom Ngo
November 17th, 2008

WEC Featherweight Leonard Garcia used the WEC 36 event as his official comeback/coming out party. His impressive knockout performance over former UFC champ Jens Pulver alerted the division that he will be a force to be reckoned with, and is coming for Mike Brown’s new title.

“Fighting Jens, I knew it was going to be a good fight,” Garcia said. “I thought it was going to be a little more drug out, but I trained really hard for this, and I think it’s a life changing fight. That’s kind of the approach I took for it, and it worked out for me.”

When asked if he was surprised on how easy his bout against Pulver went, he was actually pleased to be able to show the diversity of his MMA game.

“You pray for these kind of fights,” Garcia stated. “These kind of fights are the ones you want. You want to be able to show all your artillery and not take any shots, so it works out.”

Garcia, who was arrested this past March for his alleged involvement in a Texas El Paso cocaine trafficking ring, is looking to get his career and life back on track. To do so, he submerged himself into the confines of MMA coach Greg Jackson’s “Jackson Submission Fighting” camp.

“Those guys stuck by me,” he said of his fight team. “My manager made sure everything went my way, he put this fight together for me, and I dedicate this fight to all those guys. They did it for me. Me coming out here and doing what I did for them made me happy.”

Although he is proud of his performance against Pulver, he is already looking forward to achieving his next feat. He wants to take away the newly crowned featherweight champion’s belt.

“For sure,” he emphatically stated. “Mike’s a great champion, man. He’s holding on to that belt real tight right now; he’s probably loving life. The fact of the matter is, just like Urijah, anything can happen at any moment. I think right now is my time, I’m at my peak, and I’m ready to perform, so I say Mike, let’s get it on.”

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