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Leonard Garcia's team bashes Bellator, questions claim of 'phantom' rep

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Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims his promotion never once contacted Leonard Garcia (15-11-1) about a potential deal with the tournament-based promotion. Garcia's team isn't buying it.

"In light of Bellator's alleged legal chicanery with their own champions like Eddie Alvarez and Zach Makovsky, and high-profile fighters like Leonard Garcia making known their desire to avoid a potentially bad situation, it is not surprising Bellator is trying to get ahead of the bad PR plaguing their promotion," Garcia's reps at Haymaker's Empire Sports Management wrote in a statement issued to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "However, this story about a 'phantom' Bellator representative making phony offers to fighters just strains credulity."

Garcia fought 17 times under the Zuffa banner from 2007 until this past month's UFC 159 event. While always an entertaining brawler, Garcia suffered five consecutive losses in the UFC's octagon and was released from his contract with the promotion...

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Post #1   5/11/13 8:40:08PM   

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Bad week for bellator.
It may push fighters away from signing with them

Post #2   5/11/13 11:37:15PM   

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So Garcia chose Legacy FC over WSOF and Bellaor....



Like he would ever be stuck in the same position Eddie is.

Post #3   5/12/13 12:31:04AM   

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He is aware that he would have to win a belt to be in that situation....right?

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Posted by frizzzlecake

He is aware that he would have to win a belt to be in that situation....right?



I think the concept of the shiny gold strap and it's meaning eludes him.

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I didn't really see too much bashing of Bellator there, to be honest.

Post #6   5/13/13 10:42:15AM   

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Posted by frizzzlecake

He is aware that he would have to win a belt to be in that situation....right?



I think the concept of the shiny gold strap and it's meaning eludes him.

I think he knows what it is and what it means. He doesn't want to sign with a company that has had a lot of bad press. Eddie isn't the only one who's been complaining lately.

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Posted by frizzzlecake

He is aware that he would have to win a belt to be in that situation....right?



Unless they changed the contracts in the last 6 months, every Bellator contract has a right to match written in and I don't know that it even has a specific time-frame on that. It's really just a shitty thing to sign if you ever want to fight in the UFC in the future, or again. Maybe the bad press has changed their contracts but I know it was every contract signed this time last year that had the F'd in the A clause.

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Post #8   5/13/13 6:17:24PM