Monday February 8, 2016– It has been a bumpy road to say the least for Steel Fist fighter and Utah native, AJ Garcia. 7-3 as an amateur, the local fan favorite had to over come a drug addiction before realizing he could accomplish what he always wanted to do, fight.
“I was an athlete in high school. Football, baseball and track. Out of high school I just got caught up.”
The addiction started with pills and developed from there. Once clean, he visited a couple of gyms and found a home at The Garage MMA in Layton Utah, Coached by Dave Castillo and Anthony Lobato.
“I’ve always been a fan, I saw a UFC PPV when I was younger Tito Ortiz ️vs Ken Shamrock and fell in love. I come from a family of fighters so it’s in my blood. I always wanted to train and fight, it was more of a bucket list thing, but once I took that first fight I knew I wanted to keep going.”
Garcia is Motivated by his 5-year-old son Jaden who he credits for motivating him to get clean and stay clean. Also driving him is his desire to be a better person and fighter.
“People say you should be proud of how far you have come. I have but I still want more, nothing’s good enough.”
AJ has held off on going pro, wanting more experience. After his next fight he plans on turning pro.
“Some people go pro to soon, and then you get a loss on your record. Looking back at my 3rd or 4th fight to now, I have come such a long way.”
With experience in several weight divisions 145 pounds seems to be the best fit for him. Looking at his division he wants a match up with the current 145 champ Randy Burton. Beyond that? The sky’s the limit. If/when he does make it to the main stage, Conor Mcgregor and Anthony Pettis would be his ultimate match up inside the cage. Stay tuned to Fightbook MMA for more coverage on AJ and other Steel Fist Fighters.
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By: Korey Lane
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