Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 5/8/13
To the surprise of nobody, featherweight Leonard Garcia (pictured) has been released from the UFC. In a somewhat surprising move, Bart Palaszewski has also been issued his walking papers. Both 145-pounders confirmed their unemployment status via Twitter. The UFC does not report fighter firings. However, Garcia and Palaszewski’s profiles have been deleted from UFC.com. UFC president Dana White more than insinuated Garcia would be cut after dropping his fifth consecutive scrap in a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Cody McKenzie at UFC 159. Since taking a highly controversial split decision win over Nam Phan in his UFC debut, “Bad Boy” has been downright bad. The UFC typically severs ties with fighters after embarking on three-fight skids, though given Garcia’s gunslinger style, he was granted a reprieve. And then shockingly another one. Garcia owns a 15-11-1 professional record. Palaszewski stakes claim to an extensive 36-17 pro mark. He has lost four of his past five bouts under Zuffa’s watch, including his current three-fight skid.
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