Phan vs. Garcia and three other fights set for TUF 12 finale

by Dann Stupp | source:

A featherweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 12" semifinalist Nam Phan and WEC fighter Leonard Garcia is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.

Phan, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is a former Strikeforce and World Victory Road fighter. He moved up a weight class and fought as a lightweight on "TUF 12."

Garcia will become one of the first WEC fighters to fight in the UFC following the merger of the two organizations.


Two quarterfinalists from "The Ultimate Fighter 12,Team GSP's Cody McKenzie and Team Koscheck's Aaron Wilkinson.

Prior to "TUF," McKenzie posted a perfect 11-0 record while fighting throughout the Northeast and Canada. The Alaska native's past nine wins all have come via his trademark guillotine choke, which he successfully implemented twice on the show.


After a semifinal finish on "The Ultimate Fighter 12," Kyle Watson now meets castmate Sako Chivitchian.

Watson is the jiu-jitsu instructor at the Illinois-based H.I.T. Squad and an eight-year pro fighter.

Prior to joining "TUF," Chivitchian earned a Judo black belt and supplemented the competitions with wrestling training and tournaments. The Armenian fighter made a successful pro MMA debut in 1999 but sat out the next decade after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. He returned to pro competition in early 2009 and since has picked up four more wins to keep his perfect record intact.


Michael Johnson and Jonathan Brookins, who were both part of head coach Georges St-Pierre's team, won their semifinal fights on tonight's regular-season "TUF 12" finale.

Prior to joining "TUF," the Missouri-based fighter posted an 8-4 record in Midwest organizations. He's won three straight fights in pro competition and four of his past five.

Brookins is one of only two fighters in the WEC who took Aldo past the second round, but he ultimately suffered a third-round TKO loss.

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The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
December 4, 2010
Las Vegas, Nev.
Broadcast: Free Spike TV

Main card:
Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac
Michael Johnson vs. Jonathan Brookins
Demian Maia vs. Kendall Grove
Ricky Story vs. Johny Hendricks
Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia

Prelim card:
Will Campuzano vs. Nick Pace
Fredson Paixao vs. Pablo Garza
Rich Attonito vs. Dave Branch
Tyler Toner vs. Ian Loveland
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Wilkinson
Sako Chivitchian vs. Kyle Watson

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BeeTrain site profile image  

12/2/10 9:11 AM by BeeTrain

Ouch!! Tough task for Nam.....but I like it. FOTN capability

goku site profile image  

12/2/10 9:04 AM by goku

great fight

steverowbotham site profile image  

12/2/10 9:02 AM by steverowbotham

Phan is a better technical fighter, but Garcia throws bombs. It's really a coin toss, but I'll take Phan.

BryanHamper site profile image  

12/2/10 8:51 AM by BryanHamper

Garcia by KO

Mix6APlix site profile image  

12/2/10 8:39 AM by Mix6APlix

Tough 1st fight for Nam. Hope he wins!

Quick5pnt0 site profile image  

12/2/10 8:36 AM by Quick5pnt0

Great! They can stand in front of each other swinging wildly without any connects and everyone will call it fight of the millennium.

Caleb R site profile image  

12/2/10 4:52 AM by Caleb R

Siiiiiick fight

Douche site profile image  

12/2/10 4:09 AM by Douche

What about him? Zuffa kept Keith around because he "brung it" every time he fought. -Zuffa no longer has the roster space to support so many fighters.-Dana has been really anti Greg Jackson lately.-Garcia is coming off of a loss.-Garcia's entire career in the WEC is spotty at best with tons of gift decisions.

victorchensky site profile image  

12/2/10 3:42 AM by victorchensky

what about keith jardine?

Douche site profile image  

12/2/10 3:41 AM by Douche

This is Zuffa telling Garcia to either sink or swim. Nam should win this easily because he is the better striker and the better MMArtist. Garcia has been gifted tons decisions in the past so Nam will have to KO him to win. Garcia will be the first Jackson fighter casualty.