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Injury forces Leonard Garcia to withdraw from Tiequan Zhang fight at UFC 144

Bad break for the "Bad Boy."

UFC featherweight brawler Leonard Garcia has suffered an undisclosed injury and withdrawn from his 145-pound contest against Tiequan Zhang at the UFC 144 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Feb. 26, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

MMA Weekly was the bearer of bad news earlier today.

Garcia (15-8-1) is coming off back-to-back losses to Chan Sung Jung and Nam Phan, capping off an unsuccessful 2011 fight campaign that sent him tumbling down the featherweight rankings. No opponent has been named to replace him; however, "The Mongolian Wolf" is expected to remain on the upcoming fight card.

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.

In addition, a welterweight clash between Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama is on tap, as well as a light heavyweight tilt between Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader.

To get up to speed on all the news and notes for UFC 144 check out our extensive event archive right here.

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