The scheduled bout between light-heavyweight contenders Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira has been scrapped due to a knee injury to Bader. Stepping in for the Ultimate Fighter winner is James Te-Huna, who rides a 5-1 record in the UFC into this fight. Te-Huna has a little over two months to prepare for this bout, and this fight will come about three months after his decision win over Ryan Jimmo. The fight will still take place at UFC 160, which is set for May 25 in Las Vegas, N.V. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Teixeira will be riding an 18-fight win streak into this fight, but breaking winning streaks is something that Te-Huna knows all about. In his last bout, he took out Jimmo, who had won 17 straight before facing Te-Huna. The New Zealander is currently 10-1 in his last eleven fights, with seven finishes in his ten wins, and his only loss comes to top contender Alexander Gustafsson.
Finishing is something that Teixeira knows about as well. In fact, in his 18 straight wins he has finished 17 of those fights. His last win may have been a decision, but it came over his biggest test to date in Quinton Jackson. Te-Huna will pose a lot of problems for Teixeira if he wishes to keep it standing.
On the feet, Te-Huna does his best fighting, but on the ground is where his weakness lies. Te-Huna has been finished by submission in four out of his five losses, and Teixeira has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While he might not be as high-level grappler as someone like Vinny Magalhães, he still has a better ground game then Te-Huna – at least on paper. It will be interesting to see what happens when Teixeira faces a fighter as tough as Te-Huna but who is not past his prime.