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Dana White says Leonard Garcia's fighting future 'doesn't look good' following UFC 159 loss to Cody McKenzie

Leonard Garcia was soundly defeated by Cody McKenzie at the UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" event last weekend in Newark, N.J., marking the "Bad Boy's" fifth straight loss. One that UFC President Dana White hints could be his last inside the Octagon.


Leonard Garcia is 2-7 in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

In addition, the featherweight "Bad Boy" -- 15-11-1 overall -- has now lost five in a row, including a unanimous decision to Cody McKenzie on the preliminary card of the UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (April 27, 2013) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

"I don't want to say it, but it's not looking good," UFC President Dana White told media members following the event. "He got beat. He even got beat standing up. Cody McKenzie beat him tonight, every way you can beat a guy."

Garcia, like Dan Hardy before him, was able to keep himself off the chopping block by turning in consistent "Fight of the Night" performances. While hardly technical affairs, the Greg Jackson-disciple was at the bare minimum, entertaining. His gameplan usually consisted of swinging for the fences until someone dropped.

It never really worked, evidenced by three wins via knockout or technical knockout and nine of 11 losses by way of decision.

Jon Fitch, by comparison, was afforded no such luxury. Partly for his salary, but mainly because his particular brand of offense (bind and grind) was not fan-friendly. It was still a surprise to see him put out to pasture earlier this year, where he rebounded in World Series of Fighting (WSOF), but at least he had someplace to go.

Hopefully, the same can be said for Garcia, if this indeed marks the end of his UFC run.

For all the results and fallout from UFC 159, including live results, play-by-play, recaps, highlights, reactions and more click here.

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