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This Sunday, Zhang Tiequan will take on Issei Tamura at UFC 144 in Japan. Coincidentally, while Zhang is Chinese, Tamura is Japanese. It would seem like a very fortuitous matchup given the location and the fact Zhang is the only Chinese fighter in the UFC or any other major MMA (mixed martial arts) promotions. However, his original opponent was an American, Leonard Garcia, who then pulled out due to injury.  Zhang hasn’t fared too well since fighting in the US, but his losses have come via decisions, meaning he fought to the end.  This is a decent breakdown of Zhang’s recent fortunes and the matchup with Tamura. Hope this Saturday Zhang will come out with a win. The main event of UFC 144 will be lightweight champion Frankie Edgar taking on Benson Henderson while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fights Ryan Bader.

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