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There is that old saying “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how hard you try.” That applies to any sport, whether it is football or mixed martial arts.
UFC President Dana White is someone who takes this into consideration when looking at a fighter who is on a losing streak, specifically in the case of Leonard Garcia.
In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, White said that Garcia will not be cut from the roster who despite losing his fourth-straight fight.
“Sean Shelby, one of our matchmakers, came to me during the fights tonight and said, ‘Dana, I don’t want to cut this guy,’ and I said, ‘There’s no way in hell we’re cutting Leonard Garcia.’”
Garcia, who lost against Max Holloway at UFC 155, thought he did enough to win the fight, but it was the judges who awarded Holloway with the victory via split-decision.
White certainly made the right call on this matter. Some fans and critics perceive that the UFC only keeps winners while cutting fighters who have racked up three-to-four losses in a low. However it is fighters like Garcia, Dan Hardy and Yoshihiro Akiyama, who have 10 “Fight of the Night” bonuses between them, who go into the octagon and lay it all on the line, even if they lose.
Although these fighters may not be in the top 10 in their weight classes, there is no denying that they put on a show and give it everything they got.
With Garcia getting at least one more fight in the UFC, there are several possible opponents for him. I would like to see him finish the trilogy with either Nam Phan or Chan Sung Jung, if “The Korean Zombie” does not get a title shot in the near future. Perhaps Garcia will have a phenomenal 2013 and earn a featherweight title shot.
No matter who he faces next, Garcia next match in the octagon will surely be as exciting as his previous ones.
Who would you like to see Garcia fight next? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.