Money may have been tight around the Garcia family household, but at Christmas, one thing was always guaranteed for young Edgar Garcia and his three older brothers – a new pair of boxing gloves. And it was with these gloves that the future UFC welterweight prospect would learn an important lesson of the fight game – how to take a punch.
“Whenever we wanted to fight, we’d put on the gloves and we’d hit each other, but without hurting each other,” he recalls. “I’m the youngest one, so I would always get beat up by my older brothers and I think that’s what made me stronger.”
He pauses, then laughs.
“Now I can say that I can beat them up.”
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