It appears Nam Phan’s decision to be a company man and take another bout on late notice has paid off in the form of a higher-profile pairing than normal after the UFC announced earlier today that heavyweight Dave Herman had withdrawn from UFC 136 due to injury.

Phan, who fights Leonard Garcia on October 8, will now see action on the main card as he and the Jackson’s MMA product try to settle the score from a controversial decision in a previous bout. The two originally squared off in December 2010 with Garcia receiving the judges’ favor even though it appeared to most that Phan had deserved the nod.

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In addition to no doubt delivering a smile to Phan’s face, today’s news was also likely well-received by the significant Vietnamese community in Houston where the show takes place.

“I think me going there to Houston, it brings a lot of pride and the locals there can actually relate to me and it will excite them more to finally be fighting in a hometown,” Phan said in a recent conversation with

UFC 136 is co-headlined by a pair of title-fights with Frank Edgar defending his lightweight belt against Gray Maynard and featherweight phenom Jose Aldo putting his gold up for grabs against Kenny Florian. The card also features Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann and Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon.


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