Garcia: Christianity made me a better fighter
Leonard Garcia is currently on the worst skid in his career, a four fight losing streak, albeit the last three by decision. Garcia is known as a fighter who puts it all in the cage and has often been involved in some of the best fights and most memorable fights in MMA. But staying in the UFC eventually has to be about winning, not just entertaining and Garcia knows that. What is the biggest change he’s made that he think will contribute to turning his career around? His turn to Christianity:
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): Focusing on the fundamentals is something people were calling for you to do for a pretty long time. Was that just a case o fyou being stubborn? Why didn’t you do it earlier?
Leonard Garcia: You hit the nail on the head. One of the big changes for me lately was I turned to Christianity for the last 10 months. I found my inner peace. I’m a lot calmer and I’m a lot better guy to be around. It made me listen to what the coaches were saying to me and not just hear it in one ear and out the other. That’s one thing that has helped me do. I’ve been listening a lot more and it’s made me hungrier as a fighter and made me a lot of a smarter fighter.
All the best fighters are great athletes, but they still have the fundamentals down pat. Georges St. Pierre beats everyone with the basics. I got back in there, wore the white belt again in grappling. I went to striking classes again instead of just waiting around for sparring to start. I started throwing combinations and I feel so much better with everything and I’m just really excited for the opportunity to showcase all the things I’ve been working on. Cody is a great fighter, he’s got that one amazing move but unfortunately for him, he’s fighting me so that’s that.