One of the featured fights at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 sees two Light Heavyweight sluggers in action as Glover Teixeira (20-2 MMA; 3-0 UFC) faces James Te Huna (16-5 MMA; 5-1 UFC). This is the third of five main card bouts. The UFC rankings have Teixeira as the #4 Light Heavyweight contender. Te Huna is unranked, but you have to consider him just barely outside the top 10. UFC 160 is live on PPV this Saturday May 25, with the main card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
This was originally set as Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader, but an injury to Bader led to this reshuffling. This is an instance where there's really no complaint whatsoever to be made about the switch. Bader may have been a slightly more "name" opponent to help build up Glover, but this remains a great fight - arguably a better fight that Teixeira vs. Bader. You have two heavy hitters here, both on the way up the UFC ranks. This is a huge fight for these two.
How do these two stack up?
Teixeira: 33 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach
Te Huna: 31 years old | 6'2" | 75" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Glover Teixiera is one of the hottest rising stars in the UFC right now. He joins Alexander Gustafsson on the list of relatively younger fighters breathing new life back into the Light Heavyweight division. Teixeira is 3-0 in the UFC, with increasingly impressive wins against a steadily rising level of opponent. He also has not lost a fight since 2005 (to Ed Herman of all people). With his power, striking, and overall game, Teixiera is an absolute beast. The question for him is not will he fight for a world title, it's how soon will that shot come.
As much as Teixiera represents the next wave of Light Heavyweight contender, James Te Huna is just a slight step behind him. The New Zealand native has won his last 4, culminating in a big win over Ryan Jimmo in February. In that fight, he derailed one rising contender, stealing Jimmo's momentum for himself. He'll look to do the exact same thing here. With his lone UFC loss coming against Gustafsson, and a 10-1 record in his last 11, Te Huna is a definite contender. He has nasty power and a great ability to survive, plus an underrated wrestling game.
Why should you care?
This is another great match up in a series of them at UFC 160. This should be a real war of attrition between two guys who keep coming, but never break. I'm really interested to see how this goes down.