Garcia won’t be returning to the UFC this year.
Sherdog.com has learned that the 31-year-old brawler has been
forced out of his scheduled Dec. 4 featherweight bout with Tyler Toner
“The Ultimate Fighter 12” Finale at the Palms Casino Resort in
Las Vegas for undisclosed reasons.
Stepping in for Garcia on a week-and-a-half’s notice will be Team
Quest product Ian "The Barn
An IFL veteran, the 27-year-old Loveland has won six straight bouts
dating back to October 2007, the last five of which have come by
way of stoppage. That streak includes a fifth-round head kick
knockout of UFC veteran Douglas
Evans, in Evans’ Alaska stomping grounds this past January.
Toner, 27, tasted defeat for just the second time in his career at
WEC 51 in September, dropping a unanimous decision to Brazilian
Following Zuffa’s decision to merge the WEC and UFC brands and
import the bantamweight and featherweight divisions to the larger
Octagon, the Dec. 4 bout was to be Garcia’s UFC return. The Greg
Jackson-trained puncher fought for the UFC twice in 2007, going
0-2. The run included his memorable scrap with Roger
Huerta at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, which ended up on the May
28, 2007 cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Dec. 4 card will crown a 155-pound winner to conclude the 12th
season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and will air live on Spike TV,
headlined between a light heavyweight fight between Stephan Bonnar and Igor Pokrajac.