Former UFC Featherweight Leonard Garcia Finds New Home with Legacy Fighting

Damon Martin@@DamonMartinContributor IMay 11, 2013

It only took Leonard Garcia two days to find a new home after receiving his release from the UFC earlier this week.

On Friday, Garcia's managers at Haymaker's Empire confirmed that the former UFC featherweight had signed a three-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championships.

The promotion also wasted no time in putting Garcia back to work as he will debut for Legacy Fighting on its upcoming July 19 event against Rey Trujillo, on the card that will air live on AXS TV.

The deal with Garcia and Legacy Fighting Championships was also confirmed by the promotion on Twitter on Friday as well.

According to Garcia's management team in a statement to Bleacher Report on Friday, his new fighting home knows his desire and passion to get back to the UFC Octagon, and they will support him every step of the way.

"Our goal is to get back in the UFC and Legacy gave us the flexibility to take advantage of that opportunity when it presents itself," Garcia's management team at Haymaker's Empire stated.  "We are looking forward to putting on exciting fights with Legacy and thank them for the opportunity."

Since moving back to the UFC in 2010 as part of the merger with the WEC, Garcia struggled mightily in the promotion. While he did win his first fight in the Octagon over Nam Phan, Garcia proceeded to lose his next five fights in a row before finally receiving his release from the organization earlier this week.

Garcia told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview just 24 hours after receiving the news that he had no illusions about his job being secure following his fifth straight defeat, and knew that the release was going to happen.

To help get him ready for his next fight in Legacy Fighting and hopefully an eventual return to the UFC, Garcia will call on his cousin Duane "Bang" Ludwig and the fighters at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento to help him prepare for his upcoming return to action on July 19.

Garcia has been a mainstay at the team led by famed coach Greg Jackson for the past six years, but he now plans to incorporate work with Team Alpha Male to supplement his training and make him a more complete fighter.

The plan is for Garcia to split time between the team in Sacramento and his home team at Jackson's MMA in New Mexico as he prepares for fights. He won't have much time to rest now, because with his next fight only two months away, Garcia will jump right back into training as he prepares for his Legacy Fighting debut.

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.