DWCS Contract Winner Fernie Garcia meets Journey Newson for UFC Debut May 7th

Journey Newson welcomes Fernie Garcia to the UFC May 7th at UFC 274, per Carlos Contreras Legaspi.

Holding a 10-1 professional record, Fernando “Fernie” Garcia makes his promotional debut at UFC 274 riding a five fight win-streak. The 29-year-old, fighting out of Dallas, Texas, earned a deserved UFC contract through Dana White’s Contender Series October 5th 2021, following a first-round TKO-stoppage of Joshua Weems. An impressed Dana White spoke highly of Garcia’s performance, remarking “Great chin, incredible counter puncher, big power, he’s 10 and 1, he’s 29 years old; no-brainer”. Garcia has never been finished as a professional, having only lost via split decision to Cody Freeman at LFA 62.

Prior to his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN 3, Journey Newson held a professional record of 9-1; taking the fight on short notice as a replacement for Sergio Pettis, Newson ultimately lost via unanimous decision to Ricardo Ramos. Despite following his debut loss with a devastating 38-second knockout of Domingo Pilarte at UFC 247, the result was later overturned to a ‘No Contest’ by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration after Newson failed a drug test. The 32-year-old, fighting out of Portland, Oregon, last fought at UFC Vegas 11, in a first-round knockout loss to Randy Costa.

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