The final Facebook-streamed bout at UFC 159 comes in the featherweight division, as Leonard Garcia (15-10-1 MMA, 2-6 UFC) and Cody McKenzie (13-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) fight in a must-win matchup. As you can see, neither one of them has a very good UFC record and are already fortunate to still be here.
These two were set to meet at UFC 155, but McKenzie was injured and replaced by Max Holloway. You can watch this fight plus one other fight on Facebook starting at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. Afterward, you can switch over to FX for the remaining prelims from 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Garcia: 33 years old | 5'10" | 69.5" reach
McKenzie: 25 years old | 6'0" | 72" reach
How did these two get here?
Leonard Garcia has lost his last 4 UFC fights, but for someone with a history of favorable decisions, he was arguably on the wrong end of a split decision verdict against Max Holloway at UFC 155. The WEC veteran is best known for his incredible fight with Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48, which he took by split decision. Garcia's power is often touted by commentator Joe Rogan, but Leonard has not scored a KO since defeating Jens Pulver back in 2008. Given McKenzie's weakness in the striking game, this is Garcia's best chance at not only a win, but a KO/TKO.
McKenzie fought as a lightweight on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter. His run ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of Nam Phan. Cody won against Aaron Wilkinson on the season finale, but dropped his subsequent matches against Yves Edwards and Vagner Rocha, both by rear naked choke. The guillotine choke specialist returned to his winning ways against Marcus LeVesseur last May, but at 145 lbs against FW contender Chad Mendes he was stopped within 35 seconds after a vicious body shot. This is his 2nd fight at FW, and while Garcia has never been KO'd in his MMA career, he has lost by submission twice. If Cody is going to get the much needed victory, he'll likely have to go to his guillotine choke to do it.
Why should you care?