UFC president Dana White was asked at the media scrum following the UFC 159 post-fight press conference about the fate of Featherweight Leonard Garcia who dropped a unanimous decision to Cody McKenzie on the Facebook prelims of the UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen card.
"I don't want to say it, but it's not looking good," White told the assembled press.
"He got beat," White said. "He even got beat standing up. Cody McKenzie beat him tonight, every way you can beat a guy."
For his part Garcia had little to add.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed," he said. "The fight didn't got the way I planned. I don't know what else to say."
It was Garcia's 5th straight UFC loss, bringing him to 1-6 in his current run in the promotion. His sole win was a gift from the judges against Nam Phan, whom most sighted observers agreed clearly dominated the bout.
Prior to returning to the UFC in 2010, Garcia went 4-3-1 in the UFC with his win over Chan Sung Jung aka "The Korean Zombie" and his tie with George Roop both being extremely controversial gifts from the judges. Another of those wins was a split decision over Jameel Masouh at WEC 42. If the judging had been less Leonard-friendly he could easily be on a 12 fight losing streak.
The UFC has held on to Garcia because of his brawling style and the popularity with fans of his wild brawl with the Korean Zombie which is widely believed to have given the sole WEC a huge boost as it aired on the Spike TV preliminary card and inspired many to order the PPV.
The 33 year old Garcia falls to 15-11-1 overall with the loss.