Garcia Loses Third Straight UFC Bout
SUNRISE, Fla. – Albuquerque-based mixed-martial-arts fighters went 3-1 on Friday’s UFC card at the Bank Atlantic Center.
Moriarty’s Tim Means, Santa Fe’s Henry Martinez and Albuquerque’s Buddy Roberts won their fights, but Texan Leonard Garcia, who trains at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts, lost for the third straight time in UFC competition.
Means (18-3-1), who trains in Albuquerque at FIT-NHB, defeated Justin Salas (10-4) by first-round TKO in a lightweight (155-pound) fight.
Martinez (9-2) beat Bernardo Magalhaes (11-3) by unanimous decision in a lightweight fight.
Roberts (12-2) took a victory by unanimous decision over Caio Magalhaes (5-1, no relation to Bernardo) in a fight contested at the 185-pound middleweight limit.
Garcia (15-9) lost by unanimous decision to Matt Grice (15-4) in a featherweight (145-pound) fight.
According to a report from sherdog.com, Means – who also boxes professionally – stunned Salas with an early right hand to the jaw. Salas never recovered, Means kept pounding away, and the referee stopped the slaughter just 1 minute, 6 seconds into the first round.
Garcia, of Plainview, Texas, failed to win any of three rounds on any official scorecard in losing to Grice. The Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter spent most of the fight on his back, absorbing punches and fending off submission attempts.
A third consecutive loss often, but not always, results in a fighter being cut by the UFC.
Martinez had lost his UFC debut last February, but on Friday avoided Bernardo Magalhaes’ repeated takedown attempts while outdueling the Australian-based Brazilian in stand-up.
Roberts was to have made his UFC debut in February, but that bout was scratched when his opponent was injured while training.
On Friday, Roberts foiled Caio Magalhaes’ takedown attempts and fended off powerful leg kicks while landing enough punches to earn the decision. Roberts trains at Jackson-Winkeljohn.
KING OF THE CAGE: According to the King of the Cage website, Albuquerque lightweight Thomas Schulte (20-9) will face Oklahoma City’s Anthony Macias (26-16) in a featured bout June 16 KOTC card at the Riverwind Casino near Norman, Okla.
Schulte trains at FIT-NHB.
Another FIT-NHB fighter, Gerald Sedillo, is listed as being on the card. No opponent for Sedillo is listed.