When you have one of those epic fights that has a crowd on its feet from bell to bell, like Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung did at WEC 48 last April, there is always the desire for more.
But just like Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar could never live up to their historical fight at the first Ultimate Fighter Finale, neither could Garcia and Jung at UFC Fight Night 24 on Saturday night in Seattle… although Jung added some spice in the end.
While Garcia and Jung both swung for the fences for the duration of their WEC 48 bout, each was much more calculated the second time around.
The first round was close, both fighters searching for openings. Jung, however, took over at the end of the round, forcing Garcia to his back, taking full mount, and finishing the round with a strong dose of ground and pound.
Garcia and Jung exchanged numerous knees during the second stanza, but again, Jung took over in the latter part of the round. The two clashed and Garcia fell to his back, Jung immediately dropping into his guard, punishing Garcia with huge elbows and punches.
When Garcia turned to escape, Jung would have none of it, taking Garcia’s back. Jung wouldn’t relent, the seconds ticking away in the round, slowly working his way into Eddie Bravo’s Twister maneuver, figure-fouring one of Garcia’s legs and then torqueing his spine by cranking on his head.
Evidently unaware of how much time was left, Garcia tapped out with one second left in the round.
“For all the fans he felt like he let down for the first fight, he finally feels like he made up for it,” Jung’s translator relayed after the fight, referencing a split decision loss in the their first go-around.
For sure, it wasn’t the epic that their first fight was, but Jung added some drama, finishing a fighter with the Twister for the first time ever in the UFC.
“He has been watching Eddie Bravo’s videos on YouTube for a long time… and has been saying that he’s going to do a Twister in the UFC some day, and finally he got the opportunity,” his translator said, adding, “Hopefully we’ll get the Submission of the Night for that one.”