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Thursday, 01/09/2014, 08:11 pm

James Te Huna’s New Year’s Resolution? Drop To Middleweight


It wasn’t long ago that James Te Huna was on a four fight winning streak and looking toward a possible light heavyweight title shot. Unfortunately for him, Glover Teixeira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua put an end to Te Huna’s winning ways. Now Te Huna looks to make a change this year by dropping down to middleweight.

Although his last fight found him on the wrong side of a highlight reel knockout, Te Huna is now looking to start 2014 off right.

“It was a pretty embarrassing loss, and last year was a pretty bad year for me,” Te Huna told 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.”

After two straight losses, Te Huna is just thinking about making a fresh start at a new weight class.

“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 said. “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,” he said. “I’ve been fighting at light heavyweight for my whole career, but I think that this challenge is the right move.”

Disappointment was a factor after his knockout loss to Rua, but Te Huna said that an outcry of support from friends, family and fans lifted his spirits.

“Everybody gets caught at some point. You know, we’ve seen it happen to guys like Rashad [Evans] and [Cain] Velasquez, and it’s just something that happens. I spent a week in Sydney after the fight and just got my head around everything…,” Te Huna explained. “It was just amazing how much support I was getting from everyone, like fans pulling me up in the street and all that kinda stuff. That experience really pumped me up and lifted my spirits, and now I’m looking to the new challenge ahead of me.”

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