Phan Out, Korean Zombie Gets Chance At Redemption Against Garcia
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
After sustaining an undisclosed injury, Nam Phan has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled rematch with Leonard Garcia.
The two first met at “The Ultimate Fighter” 12 finale, where Phan clearly outworked the judge’s favorite, Leonard Garcia over the course of three rounds. For nearly a full fifteen minutes Phan implemented his game plan, landing precision striking, and, in all honesty making Garcia look amateur at best. The fight, which I scored in lopsided favor of UFC newcomer Phan, however somehow went to Garcia, who did little more than wing wild haymakers, very few of which landed.
The outcome garnered immediate criticism from fans and insiders alike, as only a few judges (who may have forgotten to bring their spectacles to the judging table) saw the fight for the wild Garcia. To the rest of the world, Nam earned a convincing victory.
Too bad the rest of the world wasn’t judging the fight.
Now, sadly, injuries will force Phan to have to wait for the chance to claim a win that was blatantly stolen from him.
However, another man who was arguably robbed by the judges in his own battle with Garcia, Chan Sung Jung will step in to rematch Leonard at UFC Fight Night 24. Much like the Phan bout, “The Korean Zombie” looked to have secured a decision victory over the “Bad Boy” at WEC 48, only have to have his hard fought victory stolen from him by, yes, you know who: the judges.
Given the highly suspicious outcomes of those two bouts, fans have been clamoring for rematches, and justice, for two highly skilled foes who’d seen success wrongfully snatched from them courtesy of treacherous judging.
While Nam Phan will have to wait his turn, Chan Sung Jung will finally get the chance to take back what was arguably his already, a win over Leonard Garcia. And it all goes down at UFC Fight Night 24, which takes place on March 26, in Seattle, Washington.