May 21, 2019
Rafael “Gifted” Garcia (9-0) is one of those mythological beings that excel in almost every aspect of the sport, something that he has proven again and again since Combate Americas discovered him three years ago in an open tryouts in Los Angeles, California.
— Combate Americas (@combateamericas) February 16, 2019
“It was a really good decision I made,” Garcia said in an interview with Combate Americas. “When they told me about the tryouts I didn’t want to go, I didn’t believe in that, because I had previously gone to Argentina and it didn’t work for me, but when I arrived at Los Angeles tryouts, there were more than 300 people and I was the only one that got the opportunity, from there we went to Mexico City, we won, and until now we are still undefeated”.
With only a 0.33% chance of getting the opportunity to enter “La Jaula,” Garcia managed to surprise the company at the tryout and earned a spot to compete in Combat 10. “Gifted” proved to be a perfect nickname during his debut, where he finished Raúl Najera Ocampo with a heel hook in just 64 seconds.
Rafa "Gifted" García: Mexicali, Baja California Record: 4-0Weight: Featherweight#Combate17 | Redlands, CA | 15 de septiembre 🎟 ticketon.co/9b8a1"Gifted" García vs. "El Matador" Bonilla
Posted by Combate Americas on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The Mexican fighter who was 5-0 after his promotional debut, then started a winning streak where each one of his victories surpassed the next one.
¡Y se mantiene invicto! Revive el triunfo de Rafa García🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽#AldayLopez #FightLikeAMexican
Posted by Combate Americas on Friday, September 14, 2018
Winning by TKO, decisions and especially submissions, the Mexican fighter demonstrates great technique. With six submissions in nine victories, Garcia has proven to be a dangerous fighter both on the ground and with his striking ability.
Rafa "Gifted" García regresará a #LaJaula próximamente, prepárense para ver a un especialista en sumisiones🔥
Posted by Combate Americas on Monday, August 6, 2018
With a 9-0 record as a professional, including 5 victories in a row inside Combate Americas, Garcia has established himself as a star in the lightweight division. He will make his return to “La Jaula” on June 6 in Combate Tuckson: Unbreakable, in Tucson, Arizona. He is facing MMA veteran Estevan Payan, who will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge of Cub Swanson’s protégés.
Garcia took an opportunity he was given 3 years ago and turn it into a meteoric career. He stands as proof that when talent meets dedication, the sky is the limit.