James Te Huna improved to 2-1 in the UFC with a 47-second knockout win over Ricardo Romero in the opening bout of the night. Romero opened the bout with some immediate takedown attempts that were unsuccessful. On one of them he ate a nasty uppercut from Te Huna, which crumpled Romero to the mat face first. He managed to recover briefly, but missed with an ugly takedown attempt and Te Huna made him pay.
With Romero at his feet, he landed three rights to the side of the head that knocked Romero out. He landed one more nasty left before the referee jumped in and ended the fight. The bout was the first fight on the preliminary portion of the UFC 135 broadcast, and was streamed on Facebook.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The uppercut. While the finish was nice, it almost looked anti-climactic because the final shots didn't look incredibly powerful. The uppercut that floored Romero sure did though.
Where do these guys go from here?
A win by either man wasn't exactly going to launch them into the elite at light heavyweight, but Te Huna's second win in the UFC, and the demonstration of some impressive power, cemented his spot in the organization for at least a few more fights. With the UFC looking to continue going to Australia, the win could potentially be huge for him due to other Australian fighters (George Sotiropoulos, Kyle Noke) not faring as well lately. There are many possible matchups for him in such a deep division.
As for Romero, I honestly think he'll get released. His last two fights have barely gone over one minute total, and he's been knocked out in both of them. If they do give him another shot, it should likely be against a fighter that's more of a grappler and less of a striker.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. It was only 47 seconds long and it ended in a brutal knockout. That seems like an efficient use of your time to me.
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UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Results - Event Doesn't Provide Enough Bang for the Buck - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Results: Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 135 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Limping Backstage After Dominating Rampage Jackson - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Forces Rampage Jackson to Tap Out - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Main Card - Bloody Elbow
UFC 135 Results: Josh Koscheck Knocks Out Matt Hughes, Doesn't Retire Him - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Mark Hunt Picks Up A Decision In A Grueling Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Travis Browne Defeats Rob Broughton by Unanimous Decision - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Nate Diaz Forces Takanori Gomi to Tap By Armbar - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Tony Ferguson Breaks Aaron Riley's Jaw In The First - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Tim Boetsch Gives Nick Ring His First Career Loss - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: Junior Assuncao Fails to Impress with Win Over Eddie Yagin - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Takeya Mizugaki Ends Cole Escovedo With A Knockout - Matthew Roth
UFC 135 Results: James Te Huna Ends Ricardo Romero's Night By KO - Matthew Roth