The UFC made lemonade out of lemons yesterday when it was revealed Nam Phan was forced out of a scheduled rematch with Leonard Garcia in a little more than a week due to an undisclosed injury. However, rather than see the opportunity go to waste it appears Chan Sung Jung will fill the void created by Phan’s absence and hopefully help serve up a repeat of his exciting encounter with Garcia at WEC 48 last April as a result. The bout was named “Fight of the Night” after the two featherweights went toe-to-toe for fifteen minutes en route to a Split Decision in Garcia’s favor.
UFC Fight Night 24 will mark the Octagon debut for “The Korean Zombie” who is coming off back-to-back losses including the defeat to Garcia. He is 10-3 overall with the bulk of his success coming overseas including a win over Michihiro Omigawa.
The narrow outpointing was Garcia’s third instance of such in his last three wins and the sixth consecutive time scorecards have determined the outcome of his match-ups. However, despite his recent run of going the distance “Bad Boy” has actually finished twelve of the fifteen individuals he’s beaten such as Hiroyuki Takaya and Jens Pulver.
Garcia vs. Jung will be broadcast live on Spike TV along with a number of other notable pairings in Seattle. The March 26 event will feature co-headlining clashes between undefeated Phil Davis and well-rounded veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in addition to brash Brit Dan Hardy mixing it up with potential-laden powerhouse Anthony Johnson.
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