UFC 135 Fight Card Primer: James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero

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An Aussie-based Kiwi versus New Jersey. It doesn't sound like the most compelling storyline ever, but it'll probably make for a pretty good fight. It's extremely likely that both guys are going to get punched in the face a lot, so what's not to like? James Te Huna (12-5, 1-1 UFC) will face off with Ricardo Romero (11-2, 1-1 UFC). 

Neither fighter is currently ranked at light heavyweight on USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, and both fighters are coming off a loss. Both will be looking to establish themselves in the division and earn some job security with a win. This light heavyweight UFC 135 fight will take place on the preliminary card, which will streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Te Huna: 29 years old | 6'2" | 77" reach
Romero: 33 years old | 6'0" | 76" reach

What have these two done recently?

Te Huna: L - Alexander Gustafsson (SUB) | W - Igor Pokrajac (TKO) | W - Anthony Perosh (KO)
Romero: L - Kyle Kingsbury (TKO) | W - Seth Petruzelli (SUB) | W- Silmar Rodrigo (SUB)

How did these two get here?

James Te Huna is a New Zealander who made his name fighting on the Australian circuit. This is actually his first fight outside of Australia, despite already having two UFC fights. He won a CFC grand prix in 2009, defeating fellow UFC fighter Anthony Perosh by KO in the finals. That earned his a shot in the UFC, and he made his debut on the big show by dispatching of Igor Pokrajac via second round TKO. He suffered a setback in his second fight though when he was submitted by uber-prospect Alexander Gustafsson in the first round. Only one of his 17 career fights have gone the distance.

Ricardo Romero started his career in the Ring of Combat promotion where he racked up an impressive 10-1 record and won both their heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. He made his UFC debut against Seth Petruzelli at UFC 116. and ended up submitting The Kimbo Killer with a beautiful straight armbar in the second round after taking a hellacious beating in the first. His second outing was a nightmare though, getting TKO'd by Kyle Kingsbury in just 21 seconds after eating a brutal straight left and some ground n' pound.

Why should you care?

It's a pretty good style matchup. Romero is willing to take a beating to get a fight to the floor, and Te Huna is perfectly willing to give him that beating. I definitely don't see this fight being boring.

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