UFC officials announced today that a light heavyweight bout featuring former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and James Te Huna (16-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will serve as the co-main event of the evening when the UFC returns to Australia this December for UFC Fight Night 33.
“Shogun” Rua is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career. The former Pride Grand Prix winner, Rua, was most recently submitted by Chael Sonnen in the first-round of their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston. Prior to that, Rua was outpointed by Alexander Gustafsson in the co-main event bout of UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle.
Meanwhile, James Te Huna suffered the same fate as Rua in his last outing, as he was choked out in the opening round of his fight with perennial 205-pound contender Glover Teixeira at UFC 160. Prior to that, the New Zealander who now fights of Australia, was riding a four fight win-streak. That streak included victories over Ryan Jimmo, Joey Beltran, Aaron Rosa and Ricardo Romero respectively.
UFC Fight Night 33 takes place December 7 in the Queensland capital at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Broadcast plans have yet to be announced, but the event is expected to air live on FOX Sports 1, following the prelims on Facebook.
The event itself is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Who do you have winning, Shogun or Te Huna? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!