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Rafa Garcia

Lightweight Division

14-3-0 (W-L-D)

9

Wins by Submission

6

First Round Finishes

Rafa Garcia

athlete record

Event Results

Info

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

Status
Active
Hometown
Brawley, United States
Fighting style
Boxer
Age
27
Height
67.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Mar. 13, 2021
Reach
70.00
Leg reach
37.00

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2014
     
  • One win by KO, nine by submission (3 RNC, 4 armbar, 2 heel hook)
     
  • Six first-round finishes
     
  • Owns wins over UFC vets Humberto Bandenay and Estevan Payan

UFC History
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

Q&A

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
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
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