After stepping in on a few days notice to replace the injured Alex Munoz at UFC on ESPN + 27, Steve Garcia (11-4-0) fought to a close unanimous decision loss.
The 27-year-old met Luis Pena (8-2-0) in the Octagon in Norfolk, Virginia on February 29. The Scrap recently had the opportunity to chat with the Jackson Wink prospect.
Garcia is usually a bantamweight or featherweight, but took the last minute fight at lightweight. “I am disappointed it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, but you have to take the good with the bad,” admitted Garcia. “I think a lot of people respected the things I did in there, but I am very disappointed I didn’t get the win”.
“Mean Machine” competed on Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2019. He was successful on the show winning to Desmond Torres in a round one TKO but didn’t earn a UFC contract. Before that, he went 6-2 in Bellator.
The Albuquerque native said he is blessed to have the JacksonWink gym in his own backyard. “It’s an amazing gym. The thing I love about the gym is no one is forcing me to be there. If you want to train that’s where you want to be. I love it there. I have a great relationship with everyone”.
For now, Garcia plans to stay active and is waiting for his next opportunity to demonstrate his skills.