With Leonard Garcia hurt, Tiequan Zhang meets newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144

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2/11/12 11:22:17PM
With Leonard Garcia forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 144 event, Japanese newcomer Issei Tamura (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will now face Tiequan Zhang (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

UFC officials on Saturday announced the change.

Featuring a lighteight title fight between current champ Frankie Edgar and former WEC titleholder Ben Henderson UFC 144 takes place Feb. 25 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event's main card airs live stateside on pay-per-view. The preliminary card is expected to air on FX.

Tamura, a Krazy Bee product, fights for the first time outside of the Shooto promotion. At just 1-2 in his past three fights, Tamura isn't a typical UFC debutant, but he's forced to take the bout on just two weeks' notice. Seven of Tamura's eight career fights have gone to a decision.

2/12/12 12:05:53AM
Kinda surprised no Nam Phan, I guess they wanna try to fill the card with more Japanese fighters
2/12/12 12:46:10AM
2/12/12 2:20:58AM

Posted by Budgellism


Guess Nam didn't get the fight.
2/12/12 10:20:03AM
yeah, I thought that was happening already.
2/12/12 11:19:33AM
Why no phan ?
2/12/12 11:42:40AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

Why no phan ?

Because Zhang needs a win and being one of the very few Chinese fighters in the UFC, as Goldie incessantly told us, he carries the hopes and dreams of a nation. Keep China's fighting dreams alive!
2/12/12 1:20:43PM
Big fan of the Mongolian Wolf! Although Im disappointed that Zhang wont be challenged via Garcia, Im still glad he'll be on the card & from the sounds of it Zhangs gonna pop this dudes head off like a dandylion
2/12/12 3:57:59PM
well that sucks.
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