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Even the stats don't favor Leonard Garcia

On 10 days notice, Leonard Garcia agreed to fight Nam Phan at Ultimate Finale 12 in a UFC featherweight bout.

Garcia won a split decision, and the only people who thought that was the case were the two judges who scored the fight in his favor. The crowd voiced its displeasure immediately. And loudly. UFC commentator Joe Rogan took a few shots at the judging during his in-cage interviews with both fighters.

Even Garcia, the winner of the fight, disagreed with the decision. So, too, did the statistics compiled by CompuStrike, a Long Island-based company. Take a look:

Total strikes (landed/thrown)

Phan: 122/247 (49 percent)
Garcia: 66/281 (23 percent)

Arm strikes (landed/thrown)

Phan: 94/211 (45 percent)
Garcia: 41/235 (17 percent)

Leg strikes (landed/thrown)

Phan: 11/16 (69 percent)
Garcia: 21/38 (55 percent)

Total ground strikes (landed/thrown)

Phan: 17/20 (85 percent)
Garcia: 4/8 (50 percent)


Phan: 0/0
Garcia: 2/3 (66 percent)

The only advantage Garcia had statistically was in takedowns.

New York Sports