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Tiequan Zhang Faces Newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144

Tiequan ZhangJapanese newcomer Issei Tamura has stepped in for an injured Leonard Garcia and will make his Octagon debut against China’s Tiequan Zhang at UFC 144 on February 25 in Saitama, Japan, the UFC announced tonight.

Zhang (15-2) dropped a unanimous decision to Tiequan Zhang at October’s UFC 136 event to fall to 1-1 in the UFC, while Tamura (6-2), a member of “Kid” Yamamoto’s team Krazy Bee, has lost two of his last three after starting his career with five-straight wins.

UFC 144: Japan is headlined by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson and also features Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader and Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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