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Ligero Division

Activo

"Gifted"

Rafa Garcia

Ligero Division

16-3-0 (W-L-D)

1

Wins by Knockout

9

Wins by Submission

6

First Round Finishes

Rafa Garcia

athlete record

Info

Learn more about Rafa Garcia Jr.'s UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Activo
Hometown
Brawley, Estados Unidos
Fighting style
Boxer
Age
28
Height
67.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Mar. 13, 2021
Reach
70.00
Leg reach
37.00
  • Pro since 2014
     
  • One win by KO, nine by submission (3 RNC, 4 armbar, 2 heel hook)
     
  • Six first-round finishes
     
  • Has won four of his last five
     
  • Owns wins over UFC vets Humberto Bandenay and Estevan Payan

UFC on ESPN (4/15/23) Garcia won a three round unanimous decision over Clay Guida 

UFC Fight Night (12/17/22) Garcia won a three round unanimous decision over Maheshate

UFC 277 (7/30/22) Garcia lost a three round unanimous decision to Drakkar Klose

UFC on ESPN (4/16/22) Garcia submitted Jesse Ronson via rear naked choke at 4:50 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/20/21) Garcia won a three round unanimous decision over Natan Levy

UFC on ESPN (7/31/21) Garcia lost a three round unanimous decision to Chris Gruetzemacher

UFC Fight Night (3/13/21) Garcia lost a three round unanimous decision to Nasrat Haqparast

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was 13. My dad took me in, trying to give me a lesson that I shouldn’t get in fights because there’s people that are trained, and instead of getting me scared, I fell in love with the sport and made it my career. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Combate Americas lightweight champ, blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? God is my hero

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot because I get to show my skills on the biggest stage for MMA

What was your job before you started fighting? I used to work for a seed company in the Imperial Valley. I would deliver vegetable seed to all the ranches in the valley area.

Favorite grappling technique: Chokes

Favorite Striking technique: Overhand