It appears Ultimate Fighter 12 alumnus Nam Phan will finally receive an opportunity to right the wrong that occurred December 4, 2010 when Leonard Garcia was awarded a controversial Split Decision win even though the overwhelming opinion from viewers, including Dana White, was that Phan had deserved the victory. In fact, White felt so strongly he paid Phan a win bonus for the performance.
According to the powers that be at Zuffa, the featherweights’ long overdue rematch will take place in Houston on October 8 at UFC 136 with Garcia stepping in for Matt Grice, Phan’s original opponent. Grice was said to have withdrawn from the fight due to injury.
The two had attempted to relive the occasion once before at UFN 24 before a health-related issue got in the way.
Garcia hasn’t fought since March after watching a match-up last month fall apart when he got hurt while training and could definitely use the win with losses in two of his last three outings and the lone triumph being his victory over Phan. “Bad Boy” holds an overall record of 15-7-1 with twelve finishes and past success against Jens Pulver, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Chan Sung Jung.
The 16-9 Phan hasn’t had much luck either after dropping back-to-back bouts including a decision to Mike Brown at UFC 133 meaning the chance to course-correct is important even outside of the disappointing outcome the first time he and Garcia squared off. Seven of Phan’s wins have been the result of a TKO with five others via submission.
UFC 136 takes place at the Toyota Center and is highlighted by dual title-fights with one comprised of 155er Frank Edgar putting his belt up for grabs again against Xtreme Couture’s Gray Maynard and the other involving Jose Aldo’s featherweight belt on the line against well-rounded veteran Ken Florian.
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