After two memorable encounters featuring a pair of hard-fought decisions and “Fight of the Night” honors at UFC 136 there has already been discussion on whether or not Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia should get it on for a third time to finally settle the score.
However, one of the people you aren’t likely to hear lobbying for a trilogy to take place is Phan who would likely be 2-0 against Garcia had the judges done their jobs properly at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale when they originally faced off.
The 28-year old Californian addressed rumblings of a rubber-match in a post-event press conference Saturday night where he explained he was ready to move on to a new opponent.
“I felt like I won the first fight and I did my best to try to finish this fight,” said Phan when asked about fighting Garcia again. “All credit to Leonard (because) he’s a real tough guy. He’s very difficult to finish (but) I’d like to put this rivalry between me and Leonard behind us.”
However, ever the company man, Phan said the decision was ultimately up to his bosses and he’d do what was asked of him, adding, “But, if the UFC wants to make a third fight, I’m all for it.”
Though 17-9 overall, the outpointing of Garcia marked Phan’s first win inside the Octagon with the controversial decision loss to “Bad Boy” from a year ago and a more definitive defeat to Mike Brown a few months ago at UFC 133.
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