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Issei Tamura Replaces Injured Leonard Garcia For UFC 144 Fight With Tiequan Zhang

An injury to Leonard Garcia has forced a change at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson, as Issei Tamura will now take on Tiequan Zhang. The bout is slated for the preliminary card, which is expected to air on FX.

UFC 144 boasts a main event pitting Frankie Edgar against Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight champion. The card takes place on February 25 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Tamura (6-2) is a native of Japan and will be making his debut inside the Octagon. He is 1-2 in his last three fights, but was willing to take the bout on short notice.

Zhang (15-2) has split his two UFC fights. “The Mongolian Wolf” is just 1-2 in his last three, as well.