cody-mckenzie-10.jpgNEWARK, N.J. – Following a unanimous-decision win over Leonard Garcia (15-11-1 MMA, 1-5 UFC) at UFC 159, Cody McKenzie (14-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) said he’s stepping away from the sport for at least six months.

“I’ve got stuff going on,” he told ( “I’m going back to work on my MMA game a bit more too, but definitely just need to turn my life around a bit, and do some things right.”

McKenzie declined to speak on his reasons for taking a break, but admitted he was disappointed at the result of the fight, which was scored 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in his favor. The bout served on the Facebook-streamed preliminary card of the event, which took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

“AK Kid” called the judge who gave Garcia a round “an idiot,” but said the boos of the crowd, which came during a lackluster third round, were more upsetting.

After a pleasant pre-fight buildup, McKenzie said he and Garcia began arguing in the middle of the fight and trading fouls as Garcia grabbed his gloves and he landed a few shots to the back of the head.

“We got a little bit dirty,” McKenzie said.  

“It was just a boring fight,” he said later. “I’m used to putting on more entertaining fights. It wasn’t my most entertaining fight. This was the first time in all my career I actually heard the crowd boo.”

McKenzie probably prompted the opposite reaction when he walked into the arena sporting a pair of loud, tight and colorful tights, which he said he borrowed from his longtime training partner and coach, Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (whose mom makes the bright apparel). He said he only was able to secure a single sponsor for the event, Quest Nutrition, which paid him “a few thousand dollars” for wearing a hoodie.

“I wore these in tribute of Lyle,” McKenzie said. “He’s always been there for me, and he helped me this entire camp. I wouldn’t have won the fight without him.”

The fight put McKenzie, a veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” back in the win column following a first-round knockout loss at UFC 146 to Chad Menes, who put him down with a body shot.

Still, McKenzie admitted to slacking on his training and said he wasn’t in the best shape. No wonder: He reportedly cut 40 pounds to make the bout’s featherweight limit. Hence, he got tired later in the fight, and boos arose.

“This fight, I kind of went back to the old Cody McKenzie, where I was like, ‘Hey whatever, I fight for a hobby,’ and I fight better that way sometimes,” he said. “The Mendes fight, I think I took a little too seriously and trained too hard. Who knows, this game is a flip of a coin.

“I still want to be a world champ. I definitely need to work harder so I can push the pace higher. I have a lot of flaws in my game, and I mess up a lot. It’s all a learning process. I’m 25, and me and my buddy Lyle have just been figuring it out. I’m still figuring it out.”

If there was a silver lining to the experience, McKenzie said he heard his friend cheering for him cageside. His friends and family supported him through a less-than-ideal training camp. And he had the respect of UFC President Dana White, who praised his performance.

“Cody McKenzie beat [Garcia] tonight – every way you can beat a guy,” he said.

For complete coverage of UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dan Henderson Reveals His One Regret |

  • 26 days ago

Mixed martial arts pioneer and legend Dan Henderson plans to hang up his gloves after his rematch with Michael Bisping at UFC 204 on October 8. read news >>

Dan Henderson Recounts the Highlight of His MMA Career |

  • 21 days ago

Heading into what he plans to be his final fight, Dan Henderson recounted what he considers to the be the highlight of his MMA career. read news >>

Luiz Firmino plans on WSOF title shot with victory over Brian Foster

  • 20 days ago

Despite three straight wins over WSOF notables, Luiz Firmino was passed over for a shot at the promotion’s lightweight belt. He doesn’t plan on allowing that to happen again.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Dan Henderson - The H-Bomb Chronicles (UFC 204 Video) |

  • 20 days ago

UFC 204 is fast approaching and middleweight fighter Dan "Hendo" Henderson is stepping into the Octagon again to face off against Michael Bisping. read news >>

UFC 204's Mirsad Bektic admits he was in 'a dark place' during injury layoff

  • 19 days ago

MANCHESTER, England – Undefeated featherweight Mirsad Bektic said life as one of the top prospects in the sport hasn’t been all roses leading into his UFC 204 showdown with Russell Doane.Filed under: read news >>

UFC vet Gerald Harris ends retirement, fights Aaron Cobb in Legacy FC 63 headliner

  • 18 days ago

Gerald Harris is returning from a three-year layoff – and he’s doing it in a hometown headliner.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Top prospect Mirsad Bektic makes short work of Russell Doane at UFC 204

  • 17 days ago

Mirsak Bektic came back from a long layoff and put on a dominant performance read news >>

Dana White doesn't see CM Punk stepping back into UFC Octagon

  • 11 days ago

The future looks bleak for CM Punk's short-lived UFC careerWhen former WWE superstar CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks, succumbed to fight round submission in hisprofessional mixed martial artsdebu read news >>

NFL's Antonio Brown to Honor Kimbo Slice with Custom Cleats |

  • 10 days ago

Antonio Brown, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, plans to pay homage to two great athletes. read news >>

MMAjunkie Radio (1 p.m. ET): Cody McKenzie, WSOF's Carlos Silva

  • 6 days ago

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Cody McKenzie and Carlos Silva.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, WSOF read news >>