Ultimate Fighter Season 12 semi-finalist Nam Phan will join a number of his castmates on Saturday night when the group steps into the Octagon and competes at the season’s finale. However, while his Ultimate Fighter peers are set to square off against each other, the more-experienced Phan will be facing former WEC title-contender Leonard Garcia at 145 pounds.
News of the pairing was first reported by MMAJunkie.
Based on both fighters’ previous performances it seems likely the bout should involve a heavy dose of stand-up. Phan is 16-7 in his career with seven TKOs and has shown a willingness to exchange on his feet, as evident in his semi-final bout against Michael Johnson. Garcia, who is 14-6-1 in his career, is also known for throwing caution to the wind where striking is concerned, though interestingly enough has won the bulk of his match-ups by way of submission.
In addition to Phan’s involvement on the card, the UFC has officially announced a bout featuring fellow “Final Four” fighter Kyle Watson against Sako Chivitchian, as well as a scrap between Brit Aaron Wilkinson and scruffy, submission-specialist Cody McKenzie. Also, as revealed on this past week’s two-hour episode, Jonathan Brookins and Johnson will compete for season’s crown in the evening’s headlining bout.