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UFC, WEC veteran Leonard Garcia headlines BKFC 16 against Joe Elmore in March

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MMA veteran Leonard Garcia (left) engaged in action-packed brawls in the UFC and WEC.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

One-time WEC title contender and former LFA champion Leonard Garcia will headline upcoming Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 16 opposite Joe Elmore in Biloxi, Miss., on March 15, the promotion announced Wednesday.

Garcia walked away from MMA with an overall record of 18-13-1 against the likes of Max Holloway, “The Korean Zombie,” Mike Brown, Jens Pulver and Roger Huerta, going 1-1 since joining the bare-knuckle promotion in 2019. Elmore is a fellow MMA veteran, having gone 13-12 in the sport and winning twice under the BKFC banner.

The co-main event was also revealed, and it features former WBO light welterweight titleholder DeMarcus Corley versus one-time BKFC title challenger Reginald Barnett.

“Chop Chop” Corley makes his BKFC debut after racking up a boxing record of 51 wins, 33 losses and one draw between 1996 and 2019, with 28 stoppages to his credit. Barnett only competed seven times (3-4) as a professional MMA fighter, but has gone 6-1 in bare knuckle boxing since 2018.