Nam Phan lands on Leonard Garcia at UFC 136 - Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
The card for UFC 141 is rapidly filling up with the addition of a featherweight bout today. The UFC announced that TUF alum, Nam Phan, will face undefeated submission specialist, Jim Hettes, at the December 30th event in Las Vegas:
Featherweights Nam Phan and Jim Hettes have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 141 on December 30th. Phan is coming off win marked by a record-setting offensive display, while Hettes remains undefeated, finishing all opponents by submission.
Phan lost to Michael Johnson in the lightweight semfinals of TUF 12, but is now finding success at his more natural weight of 145 lbs. In his most recent fight, the Vietnamese-American fighter finally exacted his revenge on Leonard Garcia, after Garcia took a very controversial split decision win in their first fight. Phan thoroughly outstruck Garcia for most of the rematch at UFC 136, winning a unanimous decision, although he made it closer than it needed to be when he left his chin exposed late in the fight and Garcia nearly finished him off.
Hettes, a Pennsylvania native and a BJJ and judo specialist, make a splash in his UFC debut against Alex Caceres at UFC on Versus 5, relentlessly pursuing submission after submission in a back-and-forth grappling battle, before finally getting the tap from Caceres with a no-hooks-in-rear naked choke
Nam Phan (17-9)
Win Leonard Garcia (unam. decision) - UFC 136
Loss Mike Brown (unam. decision) - UFC 133
Loss Leonard Garcia (split decision) - TUF 12 Finale
Jim "The Kid" Hettes (9-0)
Win Alex Caceres (submission - rear naked choke) - UFC on Versus 5
Win Jacob Kirwan (submission - triangle choke) - MASS: Inauguration
Win George Sheppard (submission - rear naked choke) - Cage Fight 6