Another New Zealander will fill in for an injured fighter at UFC 160. Ryan Bader is out of his fight with Glover Teixeira at UFC 160, and James Te Huna is stepping in to take on the Brazilian.
It was only two days ago that New Zealand HW contender Mark Hunt was tabbed to replace the injured Alistair Overeem against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160. Tonight there's more major injury news to pass along, as LHW Ryan Bader is reportedly out of his scheduled fight with Glover Teixeira on the same card. Replacing Bader is another New Zealander in James Te Huna (16-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC). This was first reported by Australian newspaper The Age.
This is a huge opportunity for Te Huna, who has won his last four fights, including a come-from-behind decision win over Ryan Jimmo at UFC on Fuel 7 in London. His only loss came in 2011 against current top 5 LHW Alexander Gustafsson.
Teixeira (20-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the #4 ranked light-heavyweight in the UFC's official rankings, and he's accomplished that with wins over Kyle Kingsbury, Fabio Maldonado, and most recently Quinton Jackson.
UFC 160: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva 2 is May 25th in Las Vegas, and Teixeira/Te Huna will remain on the main card.