Two down-on-their-luck featherweights will share the Octagon at UFC 159 on April 27 as stand-up slugger Leonard Garcia will take on guillotine specialist Cody McKenzie in New Jersey.
An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout has been added to the UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" fight card in New Jersey as Leonard Garcia is slated to meet Cody McKenzie at the April 27, 2013, event.
Garcia and McKenzie were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 155 last December, but an injury to McKenzie forced him off the card and Garcia went on to lose to replacement Max Hollaway by decision.
While UFC officials have yet to confirm the 145-pound match up, Garcia confirmed the fight against McKenzie via Twitter on Saturday (March 2, 2013).
Garcia (15-10-1) needs a win in a bad way at UFC 159 as he has lost four fights in a row and five of his last six. Few fighters are granted another shot after four losses in a row; however, Garcia's fan-pleasing style over the years has got him into the good graces of the UFC brass, which has given "Bad Boy" more chances to turn it around than the average fighter.
With an abysmal 3-7-1 record in his past 11 fights, the 33-year-old must get his hand raised in "The Garden State" in order to stand employed with the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
McKenzie (13-3) made his featherweight debut in at UFC 148 in July 2012 and was knocked out by Chad Mendes just 31-seconds into the fight. McKenzie, like Garcia, is in a bit of a slump, having lost three of his past four bouts.
Twelve of McKenzie's 13 professional wins come by submission, and all of those submissions are via guillotine choke.
The Garcia vs. McKenzie match up will likely be aired on the preliminary portion of the card, which is set to broadcast on FX and Facebook. The main card airs on pay-per-view (PPV).
UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" goes down April 27, 2013, from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. A light heavyweight championship contest will serve as the main event of the evening as reigning titleholder Jon Jones puts his belt on the line for the fifth time against No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen.
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