Vaughan Lee-Nam Phan, Tournament Finals Added to March 1 ‘TUF: China’ Finale

By Mike Whitman Jan 30, 2014
Nam Phan faces Vaughan Lee at the “TUF: China” finale. | Dave Mandel/

A bantamweight pairing pitting Vaughan Lee against Nam Phan has been added to the UFC’s next trip to Macau.

"The Ultimate Fighter: China" finale takes place at Cotai Arena and is headlined by a welterweight bout between John Hathaway against Dong Hyun Kim. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass on March 1 and will additionally serve to crown two “TUF: China” winners, as Jianping Yang faces Guangyou Ning at featherweight and Wang Sai meets Lipeng Zhang at 170 pounds.

Lee has cycled between victories and defeats during his five-fight Octagon career, posting wins over Norifumi Yamamoto and Motonobu Tezuka while coming up short against Chris Cariaso and T.J. Dillashaw. Most recently, the Brit was submitted by a Raphael Assuncao armbar this past June at UFC on Fuel TV 10. The 31-year-old was then expected to return to the cage this past November at UFC 167 but withdrew from that booking due to injury.

Phan, 30, has earned wins in just two of his seven UFC appearances. The 12-year veteran earned a split decision victory over Cole Miller in 2012 but followed that triumph with a pair of setbacks, dropping a unanimous verdict to Dennis Siver to close out that year before falling to Takeya Mizugaki this past December in his lone Octagon appearance of 2013.


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