Main Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs | MMA
Leonard Garcia defeats Nam Phan via 3 Round Decision
|14-6-1||Pro Record At Fight||16-7-0||Climbed to 15-6||Record After Fight||Fell to 16-8|
|-180 (Slight Favorite)||Betting Odds||+150 (Slight Underdog)|
|United States||Nationality||United States|
|Lubbock, Texas||Fighting out of||Little Saigon, California|
|31 years, 4 months, 6 days||Age at Fight||27 years, 8 months|
|145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs)|
|5'10" (178cm)||Height||5'6" (168cm)|
|69.5" (177cm)||Reach||70.0" (178cm)|
|Jackson Wink MMA||Gym||Paraestra Hachioji|
- Bout Information
- Event: The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
- Date: Saturday 12.04.2010 at 09:00 PM ET
- Referee: Herb Dean
- Venue: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 7 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Garcia Total Disclosed Pay: $62,000
- Phan Total Disclosed Pay: $38,000
Garcia vs. Phan Wiki Update Wiki
In the first televised bout of The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, Nam Phan took on Leonard Garcia. Garcia came into the bout at 5-5-1 in combined UFC and WEC competition, whereas Phan came into the fight off of The Ultimate Fighter reality show as a newcomer
Phan took the center of the cage to start round one, backing Garcia against the fence where the two fighters exchanged and each landed. Garcia continued throwing huge overhand rights that missed, and then Phan landed a solid kick to the body. Garcia answered with a pair of kicks, and then connected with a nice punch to the body. The pace was high with neither fighter holding a clear advantage after the first three minutes. Garcia's power was on display, overpowering Phan in certain exchanges until Phan answered with a solid combination and high kick that landed on Garcia. Coach Greg Jackson implored Garcia to calm down and not back up during the break.
In round two Garcia came out fast, slinging huge shots that Phan absorbed. Phan started backing Garcia down until Garcia changed levels and surprised Phan with a takedown. Phan was quickly back to his feet and a moment later connected with a series of uppercuts that stunned Garcia, ultimately knocking him to his back. Phan stood over delivering ground and pound and then took Garcia's back with 90 seconds remaining. With Phan working for a rear naked choke, some fans yelled out thinking Garcia had tapped, yet it appeared to simply be an unusual positioning of hands as he defended. Garcia survived the position and made it to round three.
Garcia again came out fast in round three with an initial barrage of punches, at some point opening up a small cut on the right side of Phan's forehead. Garcia shot in for another takedown yet Phan was able to wall-walk back to his feet. Garcia began to slow midway through the round and Phan landed a solid shot to the midsection. Garcia never stopped swinging with looping punches and kicks, yet Phan appeared to be landing the harder shots especially to Garcia's body. Neither fighter took clear control of the round as time expired.
The official decision came in as 29-28 Garcia, 30-27 Phan, 29-28 Garcia, who won the fight by split decision. The audience reacted negatively to the decision, resoundingly booing as Joe Rogan came in to interview Garcia. Commenting during the interview, Garcia stated, "I got some takedowns but I think he beat me standing... I'll rematch Nam again and I'll let you guys decide this thing, I took this fight on a week and a half's notice." Phan was given a chance to share his thoughts and commented, "Asian brother can't get no love! Not to take away from Leonard but I thought I beat him all three rounds."