Not long after Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that his promotion was not interested in signing Leonard Garcia, and further, that someone pretending to represent Bellator may have approached the fighter’s reps, Garcia’s management has responded. Yes, things are getting tense.

In a press release sent out by Haymaker’s Empire Sports Management, who represent the rugged featherweight, the company states that Rebney’s claims “strain credulity” and that further:

One must wonder, if this had actually been occurring, why Bellator waited until now, after Garcia made known his and other fighters’ mistrust of their promotion, to suddenly decide to make mention of “The Bellator Phantom.”  The claim appears childish and far-fetched at best.

The company’s release also cites the ongoing legal battle Bellator is having with Eddie Alvarez, as one of the reasons it believes the promotion “is trying to get ahead of the bad PR”. You can read the entire press release by heading here.

All this aside, as reported earlier by Caged, Leonard Garcia has signed with Legacy FC and is expected to make his promotional debut on July 19th.

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