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WEC 48: Garcia and 'The Korean Zombie' unleash the fury

Leonard Garcia, right, and Chan Sung Jung, aka

Leonard Garcia, right, and Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie" won fight of the night for their wildly entertaining featherweight bout at WEC 48 in Sacramento. (April 24, 2010) Photo Credit: WEC Photo

If you wanted controlled aggression and technical striking in the Leonard Garcia-Chan Sung Jung featherweight bout at WEC 48 in Sacramento, you should have been watching the NBA playoffs.

This one was just plain wild. Garcia swung in every direction every chance he could in the first round. Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie," did the same, and actually scored a knockdown.

Somehow, the 145-pounders made it to the second round.

And what did we see? Even more wild punching. Swing-from-the-heels punching. No-thinking-just-throwing punching. MIdway through the second round, the Zombie somehow jumped up on Garcia's back and took him down. Garcia made it back to his feet. In the final minute of the round, the Zombie unleashed a flurry of fury, knocking Garcia's mouthpiece out. All Garcia could do was eat the punches and smile.

In a word: fantastic.

In several words: How the heck are they going to a third round?

In quite a few words: Clearly, these two fighters took Dana White's pre-fight announcement that the fight bonuses would be $65,000, up from the usual $10,000 for WEC events.

Oh, hello!

The third round was a bit slower than the first two. Then again, every round ever will be slower than those first two.

Sung Jung and Garcia exchange a movie-esque series of punches with about 1:20 left, with Sung Jung getting the better end of it. And Garcia smiled and laughed and kept on going like was Al Pacino in the final scenes of "Scarface."

What a sick fight this was. And since we need a winner, here you go: A split decision in favor of Garcia. All three judges scored it 29-28. And he broke his right hand during the bout.

"There was a couple of times in there I thought I was going to go down, but I didn't," Garcia said.

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