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.