Legacy FC 29: Leonard Garcia returns, fights Shane Howell on March 21 in Tulsa


The "Bad Boy" makes his first title defense next month in "The Sooner State."

Don't bother with the punchlines.

That's because former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Leonard Garcia has won three straight fights under the Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC) banner -- all three of them finishes -- and captured the 145-pound title in the process.


Garcia (18-11) will put said title on the line when he returns for the Legacy FC 29 main event against Shane Howell (13-7), which takes place at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, live on AXS TV on March 21, 2014, according to a report from MMA Fighting.

When "Bad Boy" knocked out Kevin Aguilar to claim the crown, he snapped a five-fight losing streak, one that earned him his UFC pink slip and sent him back to the regional circuit. Undaunted, Garcia roared back to win his next three contests and could, conceivable, work his way back to the Octagon in the near future.

He just has to keep winning.

Here is the current Legacy FC 29 fight card and line up, which also features former UFC fighters Jonathan Brookins and Paul Buentello.

AXS TV Main Card (10 p.m. ET)

145 lbs.: Legacy FC Featherweight Champion Leonard Garcia vs. Shane Howell
205 lbs.: Paul Buentello vs. Myron Dennis for vacant light heavyweight championship
125 lbs.: Jonathan Brookins vs. Cody Fuller
155 lbs.: Thomas Longacre vs. Chris Pecero
145 lbs.: Daniel Hauenstein vs. Jerod Spoon
170 lbs.: Art Parker vs. Andrew Todhunter
155 lbs.: Mike Budnik vs. Gilbert Burns

Untelevised Prelims (7 p.m. ET)

155 lbs.: Zach Church vs. Johnny Koepp
145 lbs.: Jarrett Rouse vs. Jake Sayler
155 lbs.: Josh Anderson vs. Daryl Wilson (amateur)
145 lbs.: Jose Martinez vs. Mat Thomas (amateur)
135 lbs.: Blake Nichols vs. Josh Parrish (amateur)
155 lbs.: C.J. Harris vs. Aaron McKenzie (amateur)

For more on the Legacy FC 29 event, including Brookins' flyweight debut, click here.

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