It has been a few years since Elias Garcia (6-2) has laced up his gloves and competed in mixed martial arts, but he will return to action this weekend in La Jaula against the seasoned Ivan Lopez (14-5-1).
Garcia has not competed since 2018. A relative of the Pettis brothers, Garcia wants to make a name for himself in the sport. He has competed in the UFC and trained with Rofusport and now with Team Mo Yama home to Carla Esparza, Alex Perez and Gianni Vasquez. Lopez trained with AKA, home of Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, but has now transitioned to train with veteran Antonio McKee, who has excellent wrestling. He has not competed since May when he lost by decision. Both fighters will probably test each other out in the standup game, but Garcia should pull the trigger on a takedown searching for a submission. A win for Garcia would solidify his reputation in the MMA circles, while Lopez needs a win to prove he is more than a gatekeeper.
Also on the card, the co-main event will feature the debuts of Yessica Ortega (0-1) and Maria del Rocio Velazquez (0-0) and a featured fight between Jordan Beltran (11-7) versus the return of Jairo Boye (17-6-1). In his debut, Boye took a last-minute fight against Ayadi Majdeddine in September. However, the result of the fight ended in a no contest after a accidental blow in the first round. However, this time Boye had a chance to prepare and train with a full camp. Meanwhile, Beltran is coming off a defeat by the hands of Erick Sanchez back in June. He was scheduled to return right after, but he unfortunately caught the Covid-19 virus. Both fighters aren’t shy from throwing their hands. Expect this fight to remain on the feet and heavy exchanges between two warriors that can take a punch.