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Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung I

Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

Mmaweekly large Leonard "Bad Boy" Garcia
Mmaweekly large "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung

Garcia
Decision
Round 3

Leonard Garcia Chan Sung Jung

"Bad Boy" "The Korean Zombie"

13-5-1   Pro Record At Fight   10-1-0
Climbed to 14-5   Record After Fight   Fell to 10-2
-108 (Near Even)   Betting Odds   -112 (Near Even)
Us United States   Nationality   Kr South Korea
Lubbock, Texas   Fighting out of   Pohang, South Korea
30 years, 9 months, 3 days   Age at Fight   23 years, 1 month
145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs)
5'10" (178cm)   Height   5'7" (171cm)
69.5" (177cm)   Reach   72.0" (183cm)
  Walkout Music   The Cranberries - Zombie
Jackson Wink MMA   Gym   Korean Zombie MMA
WEC 48
  • Bout Information
  • Event: WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
  • Date: Saturday 04.24.2010
  • Referee: Jon Schorle
  • Venue: ARCO Arena
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Sacramento, California, United States
  • Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 6 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Prelims, Shown on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Garcia Total Disclosed Pay: $93,000
  • Jung Total Disclosed Pay: $70,000
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Garcia vs. Jung I Wiki Update Wiki

The WEC has long germinated in the shadow of the premiere fight organization in the world, the UFC. In April of 2010, however, it was the WEC’s time to shine, as the sister organization to the UFC made its promotional debut on Pay Per View with WEC 48.


While the main event saw Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo take on former longtime champion Urijah Faber, the Spike TV-televised preliminary card featured one of the greatest fights in MMA history, as veteran “Bad Boy” Leonard Garcia and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung both showed up for war. The result was a three-round slugfest that, while not particularly technical, stood out as one of the greatest examples of heart and passion ever displayed in the cage.


Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and WEC, elected to place Garcia and Jung on the free Spike card in the hopes that they would deliver oversized action and prompt potential “on-the-fence” buyers to throw down for the ensuing Pay Per View broadcast. The teaser strategy worked. The ceasless aggression demonstrated by Garcia and Jung prompted UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg to dub the fight “the best of the decade.”


Through three five-minute rounds, Garcia and Jung winged overhand rights, relentlessly landing on each other in the face. There were few takedown attempts—Jung remarked later that he was disappointed when Garcia attempted a few—and Jiu-Jitsu was completely absent from the encounter. There were moments in the fight where each fighter looked to be breaking, but neither did. Garcia finally emerged with a Split Decision victory. Fans in attendance generally disagreed with the judges’ verdict, but all agreed it was a close fight and the emotional impact of the bout was unaffected by Garcia getting the nod.


Although he came out of his United States debut with a loss, Jung’s stock rose astronomically following the fight. He has become a fan favorite in the WEC, and his signature “Korean Zombie” T-Shirt became a hot item among MMA enthusiasts nationwide. Dana White himself was seen sporting one at the presser and weigh-ins for the following UFC.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:27 PM ET
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