Leonard Garcia weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Leonard Garcia, who was recently arrested along with twelve other members of an alleged drug trafficking organization in Lubbock, Texas, claims that he is completely innocent and plans to fight the charges filed against him.
Garcia made the comments in a recent interview with our friends at MMA Junkie.
Garcia’s arrest came after a four-year investigation that found a cocaine ring spanning from El Paso to Lubbock. Federal indictments allege that all who were arrested conspired to sell cocaine for a period of time stretching back seven years.
However Garcia maintains that he was not involved in any wrongdoing.
“I am fighting it because there is nothing but someone saying I was involved,” Garcia said. “I hope to have a smile on my face after this is said and done, but I feel like I’m in a fight for my life. I’d like to tell my fans to stick with me and pray that the liar in this case tells the truth.”
Garcia was released from jail on bond but is required to return to court on May 5th. Three of those arrested could face up to 40 years in prison and up to a $2 million fine. The others could face up to life in prison and up to a $ 4 million fine.
Garcia is best known for engaging in a three-round war with lightweight phenom Roger Huerta in Garcia’s debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship last April. The Jackson’s Submission Fighting product recently knocked out highly touted featherweight Hiroyuki Takaya at a WEC event in February.
His status with the organization is still unknown at this time.