Former UFC Fighter Leonard Garcia Announces Combat Sports Retirement Following Bare-Knuckle Boxing Win

Former UFC fighter Leonard Garcia announced that he will retire from combat sports following a bare-knuckle boxing win over the weekend. The 41-year-old declared retirement after defeating Joe Elmore at Friday night’s BKFC card.

The fight took place at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, and saw Garcia win via unanimous decision in the main event.

Garcia exits combat sports after over two decades of pro experience. The Texas-born lightweight and featherweight made his pro MMA debut in 1999. He put together a full pro record of 18 wins, 13 losses and one draw.

Garcia competed for UFC nine times, winning two bouts and losing seven. He had a more successful career in WEC, where he won five times and competed nine times in total before it was bought out by the UFC.

Garcia put together a record of three wins and two losses after exiting the UFC in 2013. He made the move to bare-knuckle boxing in 2019, earning two wins and one loss in the sport before retiring.

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