· On The Spot ~ Leonard Garcia
Leonard 'Bad Boy' Garcia (20-3) grew up in Lubbock, TX. He currently fights in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). His next bout is scheduled to be March 1, 2009 against Featherweight (145 lbs) Champion Matt Thomas Brown. MMA Spot.net reporter Chris McClain had a chance to visit with Leonard and ask him a few a quick questions about his training, background, and upcoming fight.
CM: What does it mean to you to fight Mike Brown for the WEC Featherweight title?
LG: It is a dream come true.
CM: Can you tell us how you see the fight going with him?
LG: It is going to be a tough fight, but I see myself winning in the end.
CM: Jens Pulver has fought some of the best in the world, here in the U.S. and in Japan. What did it mean to you to finish him in the first round?
LG: I was surprised but very happy about the win.
CM: Are you looking to move back up to Lightweight (155 lbs) one day or just concentrate on 145?
LG: If I win the title and defend a few times, I would certainly be interested in fighting at 155 again.
CM: Your war with Roger Huerta showed you can hang in the UFC Lightweight division. Was moving down to 145 lbs something you wanted to do or did the UFC/Zuffa/WEC ask you to do it?
LG: I am a natural 145er. I was just trying 155 because the UFC asked me to. But, I think I can hang at 155, for sure.
CM: How do you see the rematch between Jens Pulver and Urijah Faber going?
LG: I am not sure, but I am sure that it’ll be interesting.
CM: How did you get into MMA?
LG: I got into it when I was 18. I went to watch a fight, then the next thing I knew, I ended up fighting.
CM: Do you hold any ranks in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
LG: I am currently a second degree brown belt.
CM: What is an average training day at Greg Jackson’s like?
LG: It is very intense. We really go for it there.
CM: Where did you train before Greg Jackson's camp? What made you decide to make the switch?
LG: I trained at Pittman’s academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I came to Jackson’s because I believed Greg would one day make me a champion.
CM: Who are some of the guys that you spar and train with, since most of the guys there at much higher weight classes?
LG: Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, Georges St. Pierre, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Joey Villasanuer, Eliot Marshall, and Duane Ludwig
CM: Do you guys joke around a lot, or is it pretty serious most of the time?
LG: We are all jokers, but work very hard.
CM: I have to ask. Can we expect the nipple twist in your next fight? Who actually came up with that and why?
LG: GSP actually came up with it. I’ll do it I’m sure.
CM: Is there anyone who sticks out as to contributing the most to your success?
LG: God is the main thing. But as far as a person, I’d say Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. He is my best friend and the best training partner I could ask for.
CM: Are there any charities, sponsors, or websites you want to say something about or plug?
LG: Tapout, American Cancer Society, Kill It, Jesus Didn’t Tap, and MTX Audio
LG: Thank you guys for the interview, and thanks for all the support.
by Chris McClain