James Te-Huna has verified via twitter that he will be facing Brandon Vera at UFC on Fuel TV’s fourth UFC event. No date or venue has been announced for the match-up, but Fuel TV Executive Vice President and General Manager George Greenberg has verified that the event will take place sometime in July. This match should tell where James sits in the light heavyweight division, since he has an above average record of 3-1. None of those wins have come against notable fighters as of yet.
James originally was brought into the UFC fold as a regional talent for a UFC Australia card. The Aussie was able to finish Igor Pokrajac but followed up with a loss to rising star Alexander Gustafsson in the first round. From there he finished Ricardo Romero and Aaron Rosa in under three minutes combined. Brandon Vera may have fallen from grace, but if James can finish him it will likely catapult his career.
Brandon Vera has had a reprieve on his UFC career as of late. After originally being released from the UFC, following a three-fight loss streak to Thiago Silva, Jon Jones, and controversial decision loss to Randy Couture, Vera was brought back due to Silva failing a drug test for submitting a ‘non-human urine sample‘. Vera, reinstated in the promotion, pulled off a plodding decision win over Ultimate Fighter alumni Eilot Marshall. At age 34, Vera is looking less and less unlikely to fulfill his claims that he would be the first to hold titles in the heavyweight and light heavyweight division simultaneously.