Leonard Garcia Injured and Out of UFC 144

January 30, 2012

Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48
The injury bug bites again.

UFC 144 is starting to feel the sting of injuries as Leonard Garcia is the latest to fall victim, forcing him out of his scheduled fight with Tiequan Zhang.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday that Garcia would be forced off the fight card set for Japan.

While the nature of the injuries are unknown, Garcia, who is widely considered one of the toughest fighters in the sport, obviously was banged up enough to have to drop out of the fight.

There has been no replacement named at this time, but UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby will likely secure a new opponent for Zhang in the coming days.

UFC 144 takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on Feb. 26.

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