Longtime Shooto veteran Issei Tamura was honorable enough to step in on short notice and fill in for Leonard Garcia at the UFC 144 pay-per-view event (PPV) on Feb. 25, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
As with any fight on short notice, beggars can't be choosers, so Tamura (6-2) gets a shot at the big leagues despite recently falling to 1-2 over his last three fights in Shooto. The good news for the Krazy Bee combatant is that Zhang (15-2) hasn't exactly been lighting the world on fire himself, also going 1-2 after a undefeated start to his career.
Which one of these 145-pounders gets back into the win column in "The Land of the Rising Sun?
UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson" will be headlined by a 155-pound title fight featuring number one division contender Ben Henderson, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Clay Guida, taking on reigning lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
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