Tomorrow, Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia will step inside the Octagon for the seventh time in his Mixed Martial Arts career, facing Matt Grice at UFC on FX 3. Known for his exciting fighting style, Garcia will be looking to get back on winning ways after losing to Chan Sung Jung and Nam Phan. Garcia is currently 15-8-1 in his MMA campaign, with 3 KO/TKO and 9 Submission victories.
In his second coming to the UFC, Garcia earned two Fight of the Night bonuses for his performances against Nam Phan. In fact, "Bad Boy" earned Fight of the Night bonus in four out of his seven most recent bouts.
Garcia vs. Grice will be featured on the Fuel TV portion of the card. Fuel TV bouts will start at 6PM EST, while the first FX bout - Scott Jorgensen and Eddie Wineland starts at 9PM EST.
Here's what Leonard Garcia had to say about his future inside the Octagon, and tomorrow's scrap with Matt Grice. Feel free to follow Leonard Garcia on Twitter @BadBoyGarcia.
You've got Matt Grice on June 8th, how is your training and preparation going for the fight?
The training is going great. Grice is a tough dude and I look forward to fighting him because he always comes to fight. It’s going to be a war.
Training at Jackson's MMA, you've got a lot of talented guys on hand. Have you done anything or worked with anyone in particular to prepare for Grice?
I work with Guida, Brendao, Cowboy and all the other guys. It’s just an awesome place to prepare for a fight. I’m just working on my all-around game.
Matt Grice is known for being a wrestling-based fighter, while you’re always looking to trade punches with your opponents. Do you think there’s a good chance this fight will become a War of Attrition?
No, because Matt Grice is also known for getting into scraps. If you hit him, he will want to hit you, so I’m ready for true fight.
As a fan favorite with two "Fight of the Night" performances turned in, do you feel you're fighting for your job at UFC on FX 3, or does your exciting style offer some level of job security?
I don’t think like that at. All I think about is entertaining the fans, the UFC, and winning. I know that as long as I do that, I’ll have a job.
Speaking of your "do or die" approach to fighting, it's a far cry from the "safety first" strategies that appear to have become the norm as of late. As I've previously mentioned, it's a style that has brought you both fans and fortune, but are there any regrets, and should we expect a more cautious Leonard Garcia in this fight?
Leonard Garcia is never cautious.
What do you think about the current landscape of the UFC Featherweight division, and what in your opinion you need to do in order to get yourself on track for a title shot?
There are more and more new young fighters every day. I just need to go out there and fight my fight.
Alright Leonard, what can fans expect to see from "Bad Boy" on June 8th? (Any predictions for the bout?)
They are gonna see a vicious KO as I’m always ready for battle.
On behalf of myself and the staff at LowKick.com, I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me, it's been a pleasure. Is there anything you would like to add or any sponsors you would like to mention?
Props to Joey Santosus for the questions