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Leonard Garcia and Five Others Released by UFC

Sam Sicilia

A total of six more fighters were released today by the UFC. Headlining the six fighters cut was featherweight fighter Leonard Garcia, who recently lost to Cody McKenzie at UFC 159. All fighters released were either bantamweights or featherweights.

Garcia was released after dropping his fifth fight in a row, bringing his second UFC stint to a close with 1-5 record after going 1-2 in first stint with the promotion at lightweight. Garcia was nothing if not exciting, but his brawling style often held him back from winning fights as his competition increased.

Also on the list of fighters released was TUF:Live’s Justin Lawrence. The featherweight was never able to gain traction after a victory at the show’s finale, dropping two in a row.

The fighters join Bart Palaszewki, Antonio Carvalho, and Pablo Garza in the ranks of the recently unemployed.

List of Cuts:

  • Leonard Garcia (15-11-1 (2-7 UFC))
  • Reuben Duran (8-5-1 (1-3 UFC))
  • Kurt Holobaugh (9-2 (0-1 UFC))
  • Justin Lawrence (4-2 (1-2 UFC))
  • Sam Sicilia (11-3 (1-2 UFC))
  • Issei Tamura (7-4 (1-2 UFC))


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