The 2021 season of Dana White’s Contender Series It opened the doors for Latin American fighters and especially for Mexicans. Fernando Garcia (9-1) is no exception. Will face Paul Capaldo next October 5.
Although he was born in El Paso, Texas, he spent most of his childhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, with his family before moving fully to Texas to dedicate himself one hundred percent to his career in mixed martial arts.
“I spent my whole life from here to there, I am very grateful for everything this country has given me, but I feel one hundred percent Mexican,” he explains in an interview with ESPN Sports.
‘Fernie’ who has won his last four fights in the LFA promotion has a good grappling base and an effective submission game, but prefers to honor his Mexican side with an aggressive boxing style in the stand-up match, which he assures will convince Dana. White in his opportunity.
“I’m not worried about that. My last fights are decisions, but I have destroyed the faces of my opponents. Broken nose, broken eyes from the first round. I have put a boxing clinic, if the boss (Dana White) had been in those fights I would have been very happy even if I hadn’t finished them, “added the Juarense.
Although early in his career he achieved submission victories, he has focused on trade, rather than securing victories with wrestling: “Dana will love my fighting and boxing style. I grew up wrestling and jiu-jitsu was My strength, but my Mexican blood made me a boxer, now I only use my fight to defend. I am of Mexican blood and I like to box; he will be delighted because that is how I fight. “
Moving to Dallas with the Fortis MMA team was the step he needed to dedicate himself one hundred percent as a professional, with a dozen of his teammates already in the UFC and under coach Sayif Saud. Now he considers himself ready to face the promising Capaldo, who is coming off a resounding knockout against Chris Vasil, by spinning kick.
“He is a very strong fighter, before he fought at 145 pounds, he has three or four knockouts. One went viral on SportsCenter and all that, for me delighted to face someone like him,” he replied.
Like most Mexicans who seek to transcend in MMA, today he refers to Brandon Moreno and wants to follow that path.
“Brandon became an idol and I have a similar style, high pressure, pressure and always forward. I am very proud to be Mexican. I grew up in Juárez, a few months in El Paso. But for me the biggest thing is the pressure to represent to the country now. “
The sixth week of Dana White’s Contender Series will also feature the Venezuelan Piera Rodriguez against the brazilian Valesca Machado and the mexican Genaro Valdez against the american Patrik white.