Abandon ship! For whatever reason, light heavyweight continues to become a talent wasteland. Lyoto Machida, Gegard Mousasi, and Vitor Belfort have all left the division over the past few months and now James Te Huna is following them down to middleweight. Te Huna revealed is New Year's plans while talking about his loss to Mauricio Rua with the MMA Corner on Wednesday:
"It was a pretty embarrassing loss, and last year was a pretty bad year for me," Te Huna admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. "I had a lot of issues going into my fight in London, and we tried to work some things out in my time off between fights. And then there was that embarrassing knockout to finish the year off. This year, I am excited to take on a new challenge and take on a drop to middleweight."
"It's about making a fresh new start and taking on a new challenge, and I know I'll be able to make middleweight," Te Huna explained. "Middleweight is probably a bit more of a natural weight for me. Right now, I am always eating so that I can stay up at light heavyweight. I'm one of the lightest guys at light heavyweight, so I know that if I eat normally I'll be able to hit middleweight. I've been fighting at light heavyweight for my whole career, but I think that this challenge is the right move.
"I'll do a couple of practice cuts to make sure I can make the weight and it doesn't affect me. So, I definitely don't see myself fighting within the next three months. I just need to make sure I can do it and I can fight at the weight. I think it's the right thing for my career, and I'm looking forward to what the new challenge is going to bring."
While Te Huna may not have been in the title picture at 205 right now, this is still big news for a division that is dipping down to flyweight numbers in terms of total fighters. IF the UFC can't get a strong influx of talent soon we may see the need for some more drastic measures.
Te Huna had a lot more to say about his loss to Shogun and what he's been going through since, so be sure to check out his whole interview here.
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