UFC 136: Grice Out with Injury, Nam Phan Books Rematch with Leonard Garcia

September 8, 2011 9:00 am by Pedro Carrasco

A shift in the UFC 136 card has taken place recently with a newly injured fighter in Matt Grice having to withdraw from his scheduled appearance with TUF season 12 participant Nam Phan.

In the place of Grice comes, Team Jackson fighter, Leonard Garcia to settle the score with Phan in a much needed rematch of their December 2010 bout which resulted in a highly controversial spilt decision victory for Garcia.

UFC 136 is set for October 8 from the Toyota Center in Houston Texas. The pay-per-view event will feature a main event for the UFC’s lightweight title in a trilogy fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Challenger Gray Maynard as well as a featherweight title fight in the co-main event slot between Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.

Phan was originally scheduled against Grice as a replacement opponent for the injured Josh Grispi. He was last seen in action at this past weekend’s 133 event in his second straight Octagon loss to former divisional champion, Mike Brown. Phan has now dropped four of his last five fights, including a controversial split decision loss to Leonard Garcia back in December.

Garcia has had a little bit better success than his newly announced opponent, but not much. The New Mexico native has only won three of his last eight fights and was last seen getting “twisted” by the Korean Zombie at “UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis” back in March of this year.

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