Leonard Garcia, following some confusion, will indeed get to fight at “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12″ finale, and it will be against one of the competitors from the show. Nam Phan will drop back down to featherweight to face the Team Jackson fighter on the main card of Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas.
Garcia was originally thought to be injured when his fight with friend and teammate Tyler Toner was unexpectedly canceled, but the former WEC fighter will instead return to the UFC this weekend.
The new bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight.
Garcia enters the show on Saturday night coming off a loss to Mark Hominick in his last fight, but brings with him a fire that few can match in the cage. A former top contender in the featherweight division, Garcia will look to get back on track when he faces Phan at the finale.
Phan makes his return to action after dropping a split decision to Michael Johnson in the semifinals of TUF 12. He was the only member of Team Koscheck to make it that far in the tournament, but came up just short in his effort to become “The Ultimate Fighter Season 12″ champion.
Phan has bounced back and forth between featherweight and lightweight in the past, and will go back down to 145 pounds for the fight against Garcia.