Nam Phan Meets Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144

Written by Tom Ngo
January 31st, 2012

UFC Nam Phan

It was reported by multiple outlets on Monday that an undisclosed injury forced Leonard Garcia out of his featherweight fight against Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144. Late last night, Nam Phan (Pictured) announced he had agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to face Zhang on February 26th.

“yooooo who wants to see some ASIAN on ASIAN CRIME. battle for the king of ASIA!!! round 1 BEGIN!!! Nam Phan vs Tiequan Zhang,” Phan tweeted.

UFC 144 takes place inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama in Japan, so it’s fitting the Asians would duke it out in the Octagon’s return to the Orient.

Phan was last seen exactly one month ago getting schooled by Jimy Hettes at UFC 141. Since being a contestant on “The Ultiamte Fighter 12,” the Vietnamese-American has dropped three of his four big league bouts.

Zhang lost a unanimous decision to Darren Elkins at UFC 136. The Chinese fighter has been defeated in two out of his past three forays to the cage.

The show features a lightweight title tilt between champion Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. Light heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader will serve as the night’s co-main event.

Here is the card’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

Tiequan Zhang vs. Nam Phan

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso

Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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