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Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia settling score at Fight Night 24

It appears the next few months will provide Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia with an opportunity for gaining some closure relating to their December match-up at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. While the bout featured action from start to finish it was unfortunately the end-result fans likely remember when thinking of the featherweights’ fast-paced fight, as Garcia was awarded a controversial split decision though it seemed obvious Phan had done enough to earn the judges’ favor. In fact, the outcome was so questionable Dana White even decided to pay the 27-year old a win bonus regardless of him technically having lost.

Now, according to MMAWeekly, the men will have a chance to make things right on March 26 in Seattle at Fight Night 24.

Phan was a semi-finalist on TUF 12 but was paired with the WEC veteran based on experience gained prior to the show including fights with Michihiro Omigawa, Josh Thomson, and J.Z. Cavalcante. He holds a 16-8 overall record with seven TKOs and five submissions to his credit.

In Garcia he will face a fearless 15-6-1 former boxer who has seamlessly transitioned into Mixed Martial Arts with nine wins by way of submission. He has only been finished a single time in his career but also hasn’t seen a fight end in less than fifteen minutes since August 2009 (i.e. six in-ring appearances).

Their rematch is rumored to join a number of other notable bouts on the Fight Night 24 card including Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Garcia a former boxer? Someone check facts…..

  • fanoftna33 says:

    The first fight wasnt even close but we do get the chance to see if Nam can improve and finish Garcia or if Garcia can acually pace himself and use that power he has to get the finish. Regardless of the decision the first fight was very exciting.

  • Rich S. says:

    I can’t imagine the outcome changing. Nam controls the fight with technical ability while Garcia wins a decision for God knows what.

  • Angry Mike says:

    It’s just my opinion, but it seemed to me that Garcia underestimated Phan’s technical striking. Garcia seemed to think that a fast pace and wild, sloppy swinging would overwhelm Phan. It didn’t, so let’s see if Garcia tightens up his striking in the rematch.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’ll rant and rave about close decisions from time to time, but that decision was just flat out wrong. When they announced Garcia as the winner I was honestly expecting Bruce Buffer to get back on the mic and announce that he had misread the card. Which fight were those judges watching? Because it wasn’t the one in the cage. It’s one thing when you have complete moron sitting ringside, but where did they find two idiots that were capable of screwing up something that simple?

    Judges have a direct impact on the fighters careers and their livelihood, but they evidently know next to nothing about the sport they’re judging. Would the NFL hire FIFA refs? No. Just because the NFL does football and FIFA does futbol doesn’t mean it’s the same thing. The same thing goes for hiring karate or boxing judges to score MMA. Just because it’s an MMA match doesn’t make it the same as a boxing match or karate match. This isn’t 1996 anymore. MMA isn’t some brand new fad where karate judges are the closest thing they can find. MMA is a multimillion dollar industry, multibillion if you include sponsors, and for some reason we’re still stuck with spare parts from other sports making the biggest calls of the night. What the hell?

  • Rece Rock says:

    All Nam… Garcia will continue to swing like a nut and Nam needs to finish him this time out

  • climbarock says:

    I really don’t get it. Nam clearly won the first fight in everyone’s eyes except the judges’. There is no need for a rematch. Enough with the rematches, already!!!


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