Garcia defeated the No. 1 ranked 165-pounder in a tough fought five-rounds and went on to announce his retirement from beat sports activities. “Bad Boy” competed in MMA from 1999-2014, stepping absent from competitors adhering to a 1st-spherical submission decline to Daniel Pineda at Legacy FC 37.
The 41-yr-outdated competed for the UFC and the WEC, compiling a professional MMA file of 18-13-1. When the chance arose to contend for BKFC, Garcia noticed it as a indicator, as properly as anything that experienced a shelf lifestyle.
“I experienced been retired for two and a half several years when I received the call from Bare Knuckle [FC],” Garcia explained to MMA Fighting when showing up on What the Heck. “I was completed. I was retired, but I received this chance and it took about a 7 days to communicate to my wife into it. The very first combat was in Cancun, so that helped a ton, but it was a non secular lookup. I’ve been greatly concerned in church ever since I experienced retired and it was one particular of those things exactly where I wasn’t positive if I was gonna occur back or not, if she was gonna permit me, I didn’t know if my task was gonna permit me, I wasn’t absolutely sure how it was heading to participate in out.
“I prayed a ton, and genuinely, genuinely sat down and considered about it. [David Feldman] presented me a three-battle offer, I offered those people a few fights and I stated if I participate in my cards effectively, if I conquer this initial male I know it is for an intercontinental title which could lead me to the title inside these a few fights, I could be the No. 1 rated dude. I designed the offer with her, I prayed about the offer so I effectively designed the offer with God as very well and built the deal with the enterprise. It all labored out that way. It all created perception to do the three fights.”
Garcia picked up a 2nd-round KO get in excess of Julian Lane in his debut at BKFC 4 and decided to enter the promotion’s 155-pound match. He was stopped in the second round by Jim Alers just before coming to an significant realization about the course he need to choose heading into his remaining fight.
“That was a humorous way of telling me don’t veer from the path,” Garcia reported of the loss to Alers. “I considered it was mad that Joe Elmore was calling me out when he was rated No. 1. I felt like this was it. All the things lined up.
“The only issue was Joe Elmore was a terrifying unique. To say sure to that was like, holy crap. Is this truly the route? Right after viewing him struggle and Tom Shoaff coming down to help was huge mentally. Tom has no notion what sort of influence he had but for him to expend five rounds in there with a person like Joe and then appear down here to tell me, ‘Hey, you are ready,’ it felt like everything falling into position.
“You really do not definitely hear about a person dropping a struggle and then battling the No. 1 male so that is how I understood God experienced a tiny intervention in there. To wander away just after that with the offer becoming produced, it was like a surreal thing. I’m a gentleman of my word and it was the ideal issue. Right after accomplishing like that, everybody has been saying, ‘Why?’ I assume which is when you walk absent, when they do not want you to leave. You don’t want to stroll away when they are inquiring you to go.”
Just after going as a result of a large amount of the entertaining battles he experienced in his long career that spanned in excess of two decades, it’s natural for followers to clearly show issue for fighters moving ahead. Even so, for Garcia, the loss to Alers was the first time in his profession he had been stopped via strikes. In his prior stoppage losses, they had been all by way of submission.
Garcia saw his battle with Elmore not just as a large challenge from a aggressive standpoint, but as a way to relieve those considerations.
“I pretty much missing my eye in my second combat [with BKFC] in opposition to Jim Alers, he acquired me with a knuckle,” Garcia explained. “In this combat with Joe Elmore, I genuinely required to prove that my chin hadn’t been compromised. With the Alers battle, I just couldn’t see just about anything with my eye. I couldn’t see a issue, just a pink blob. My pupil is in fact dilated twice the sizing even larger than my other eye for the relaxation of my everyday living simply because of the destruction I took in that one particular struggle. Thank God he did not detach my retina.
“But Joe Elmore was the No. 1 [ranked] man for 5 months straight. He was crumbling folks with every single punch. If he touched you, you were being heading down. So I built a deal with my coaches in the back again that I was not likely down a single time, I’m hardly ever gonna exhibit it if he hurts me, and I’m gonna set him down. In the very first round, I do not care what anybody says, I set him down. That was a knockdown.”
When longtime MMA supporters consider of Garcia’s career, practically unanimously they go to his two-battle series with “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. Their very first meeting took put in April 2010 at WEC 40 in which Garcia would get paid a break up decision in just one of the wildest fights in the heritage of the sport.
The rematch would consider put 11 months later, this time within the octagon. This time, it was Jung acquiring the victory with the initial tornado submission in UFC history—the next did not appear for one more eight-as well as yrs from Bryce Mitchell around Matt Sayles.
Garcia was asked if there was a piece missing from his lengthy vocation not obtaining the trilogy battle with the present No. 5 ranked 145er in the UFC.
“I generally considered about that and if you glance at the quantities in our 2nd battle, we were being equivalent on punches landed and every thing else,” Garcia stated. “It’s always been a outrageous matchup involving me and him. I imagine our models just blended so nicely together. I imagined about a 3rd struggle with him for years, and of system he was climbing up the ladder and I was slipping down it so it created way extra perception for me, and didn’t make a large amount of feeling for him.
“Our paths did cross two times, we’re 1-1, and I’m cozy with that. I assume he is as properly. We’re essentially fairly decent pals. We have a speech variation, but his translator tells me great factors. Looking at his final combat, it was saddening to me. I generally want guys who had beaten me just before to go larger and bigger. But I assumed about that when I first acquired into Bare Knuckle contacting him out to see if we could do a third just one there. But I don’t have a taste for it. I’m genuinely joyful with the way it all finished, and the success of everything.
“I’m at peace. I experience actually excellent about the choice and, at 41 years aged, the clock is working from me no make a difference what.”
Garcia picked up a person victory through his 6-battle stretch with the UFC—which bought the WEC in 2006—a split decision earn around Nam Phan at the TUF 12 Finale in December 2010. He would fall rematches to both Jung and Phan, together with conclusions to Matt Grice, Max Holloway and Cody McKenzie prior to ending his vocation with Legacy FC, going 3-2 which integrated capturing the promotion’s featherweight title with a 1st-spherical TKO earn in excess of Kevin Aguilar.
When it comes to his most memorable moment, Garcia says he just cannot restrict it to just a single.
“I detest wondering about one combat remaining much more important than the other,” Garcia spelled out. “I would really like to have a library of all of them—without the clips, with out the stories, with no everything—to check out the increase, the slide, the rise, the drop, the rise. And I got fortunate mainly because I rose immediately, and I fell, I rose promptly yet again, then I fell, and if you watch my occupation throughout every single one group I fought for, I possibly received the title, or I competed for it. I generally achieved the best issue of every single group I worked for.
“I consider that is the story: try for the greatest. I often needed to be the finest with every thing that I did. Now that I’m undertaking oil area automation out here in Texas, I want to be the greatest at that. That’s always my aim to be the finest at anything I do, and educating my little ones to do that now. My aim has to be on them and seeing them tackle their targets.”
When it will come to overcome sporting activities retirements, they never frequently adhere. Garcia experienced tried out it at the time in advance of and came back to compete in the earth of bare-knuckle boxing. This time around, with zero regrets, Garcia is sticking to his guns.
“Absolutely [it was the last one] since the way that it took place and the way that I felt,” Garcia reported. “God stored just about every guarantee to me, so I’m gonna hold my term and hold my promise to him as well. Perhaps individuals will not recognize that but I nevertheless have all my cognitive tissue in my mind, I can nonetheless talk properly, I can even now see well, I really feel good. So why risk that?”