Rafa Garcia



Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/20/2022
Faces medical suspension
November 23, 2021
Garcia faces a potential six-month medical suspension for hand and elbow injuries, MMAFighting.com reports.
Garcia beat Natan Levy by unanimous decision Saturday but may have injured his right arm in the process. If X-rays on his hand or elbow are positive, he'll remain away from the Octagon until May 20 unless cleared by a doctor.
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Finally gets in UFC win column
November 20, 2021
Garcia defeated Natan Levy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a job-saving performance from Garcia, as he entered having lost his first two UFC bouts. This one didn't come easy, as Levy was the more effective fighter on the feet, but every time Garcia was in trouble he pushed forward for a takedown and it typically worked. He landed seven of a dozen tries all told, good for 5:37 worth of control time. Garcia's next challenge will be to put together a full 15-minute effort against a fighter who has more than six professional fights under his belt entering the evening.
Seeks first UFC win on Nov. 20
September 6, 2021
Garcia is scheduled to face Natan Levy in a featherweight fight set for Nov. 20 in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
In Garcia's last fight, the Mexican featherweight lost to Chris Gruetzemacher via unanimous decision late in July. Garcia has yet to win a UFC fight, and neither has Levy.
Still searching for first UFC win
July 31, 2021
Garcia lost to Chris Gruetzemacher via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 28 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Committed to the takedown, Garcia attempted to lean on his wrestling in order to secure the victory. It didn't work. Garcia did manage to connect on 5-of-12 attempts, in addition to racking up 6:26 worth of control time, but Garcia's output and efficiency dropped in a significant way following a strong Round 1. Of course, part of that has to do with the fact Gruetzemacher is one of the toughest men around. Garcia joined the UFC in March of this year with a perfect 11-0 record, but he has since gone on to drop a pair of unanimous decisions in a span of just over four months.
Second UFC fight booked
May 3, 2021
Garcia (elbow) is scheduled to take on Chris Gruetzemacher at the UFC event scheduled for July 31, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
Garcia stepped up on short notice to face Nasrat Haqparast in a lightweight matchup in March, ultimately falling via unanimous decision to snap a 12-fight winning streak. It resulted in a medical suspension due to an elbow injury, but that has presumably since been cleared. The former Combate Americas champ will now presumably drop back to his natural weight of featherweight, where he'll hold a two-inch reach advantage over Gruetzemacher. Gruetzemacher is a fighter nearly eight years older who is 1-3 in his past four UFC bouts.
Slapped with six month medical suspension
March 16, 2021
Garcia is facing a potential six-month medical suspension unless he is able to get clearance from a doctor, MMAFighting.com reports.
Garcia will need clearance from an orthopedic doctor for a positive result from X-ray on a right elbow to rule out a fracture. Garcia made his UFC debut last Saturday against Nasrat Haqparast and was defeated via unanimous decision.