In a last-minute fight announcement for The Ultimate Fighter Finale, fans are about to witness one of the potential best fights this year. Two men with fast hands, one a technical striker full of heart, the other a heart filled brawler who turns up the pace as the fight gets tougher. Both are season veterans who have good histories in MMA and this fight promises to be a three round war to showcase two featherweights.
TUF 12 Semi-Finalist Nam Phan (16-7 MMA) will meet Leonard Garcia (14-6 MMA) this Saturday as part of the main card at The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Phan is a very similar fighter to Garcia and has shown a lot of recent improvement against larger foes and only lost to a strong wrestler, and early favorite in Johnson. Garcia has also picked up fans support with his aggressive style and supreme heart and has yet to be knocked out in a fight, which may work in his advantage for this one. Garcia and Phan both like to push the pace forward and strike the will out of their opponent.
This fight could potentially be the very best scrap of 2010, if Phan uses his angles and speed to take away from Garcia’s powerfully wild bombs. Phan will have to use his speed to duck under and score with precision which could lead to a decision win. Garcia will have to overwhelm the tough fighter and try to knock him out by isolating him in a corner of a cage and letting loose. He can score a TKO at any point of this fight but it’s a good idea to break Phan early if he expects it to happen. The fight seems tailored for Garcia to win, but don’t count Phan out just yet.
Remember to catch the Finale live on Spike TV this weekend and as most fight fans already know “Don’t Blink”.
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