Following his quick submission loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 last month, it hasn’t taken the UFC long to book “Shogun” Rua’s next bout, as the former champ will take on James Te Huna December 7th. Since Te Huna is from “Down Under”, it’s not hard to see why the scrap was booked for UFC FN 33, which will go down in Brisbane, Australia.
Rua (21-8) is coming off consecutive losses for the first time in his storied career, as the 31 year-old dropped a unanimous decision to Alexander Gustafsson last December, before facing Sonnen on August 17th. The PRIDE vet’s last win took place in August, 2012, when he stopped Brandon Vera, and Rua is 2-3 in his last five bouts.
Te Huna (16-6) is also looking to rebound from a guillotine choke defeat, as the 31 year-old was tapped out by Glover Teixeira with the technique at UFC 160 in May. Prior to the loss, however, the Australian had won four straight bouts under the UFC banner, which includes wins over Ricardo Romero, Ryan Jimmo, Aaron Rose and Joey Beltran. Te Huna also has a UD loss at the hands of Gustafsson.
Rua-Te Huna will serve as the card’s co-main event alongside the headliner, which will feature Mark Hunt taking on Antonio ‘Bigfoot” Silva. That’s a pretty good start to a card that’s expected to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. It’s a big fight for both men, especially for “Shogun”, who can’t afford a third straight loss against a non-top ten ranked fighter. For Te Huna, it’s another huge opportunity to move up the ranks.
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