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

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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.


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Post #1   2/11/12 11:22:17PM   

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Kinda surprised no Nam Phan, I guess they wanna try to fill the card with more Japanese fighters

Post #2   2/12/12 12:05:53AM   

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boooooooooo

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Posted by Budgellism

boooooooooo





Guess Nam didn't get the fight.

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Post #4   2/12/12 2:20:58AM   

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yeah, I thought that was happening already.

Post #5   2/12/12 10:20:03AM   

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Why no phan ?

Post #6   2/12/12 11:19:33AM   

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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!

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Post #7   2/12/12 11:42:40AM   

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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

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well that sucks.

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