Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia continued their epic brawl last night at UFC 136, meeting for rounds four, five and six. The fight was more decisive than their first meeting, with Phan very clearly taking the first two rounds and then surviving a final-frame rally by Garcia to take home the decision and the Fight of the Night bonus (Garcia was in on that, too).
The ending was much less controversial than their first, when Garcia was granted the decision despite clearly losing, but the series still technically stands at 1-1 and both men were asked post-fight their thoughts on possibly continuing the series in a rubber match.
Feeling that he’s pretty clearly demonstrated his superiority over Garcia, Phan was lukewarm on the idea of a third go-round.
“I felt like I won the first fight and I did my best to try to finish this fight,” said Phan. “All credit to Leonard, he’s a real tough guy. He’s very difficult to finish. I’d like to put this robbery between me and Leonard behind us, but if the UFC wants to make a third fight, I’m all for it.”
Garcia was a little more keen on the idea. Phan hurt him early and took it to him throughout the first and second rounds, but when Badboy got his legs back under him, he tightened up his wild brawling and turned the tide.
“I wanted to fight on the outside. He caught me in the very first round. When he dropped me, he caught me right behind my ear. I stood up from that, and one leg felt like six inches longer than the other for like a round and a half man. I couldn’t find my stride, I couldn’t get moving so I just started throwing down,” said Garcia. “And then in the third round I caught my stride, starting throwing combinations and started feeling good. Then I was able to catch him and wasn’t able to finish. I’d trade Fight of the Night for the win tonight, I really wanted to beat him. It sets up – who knows? – there might be a number three.”