'Shogun' vs. Te Huna to serve as UFC co-main event in Brisbane
MMA legend Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua will face Penrith's James Te Huna in Brisbane on December 7, 2013
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Te Huna stepped in as a late replacement for Ryan Bader against Glover Teixeira at UFC 160 but like 'Shogun', suffered a first round submission defeat to his opponent.
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With both light heavyweights coming off a loss, the time is right for the savy strikers to collide in the Octagon in what is a salivating match-up for Australian MMA fans.
The long-rumoured bout is an excellent addition to what will be a fight card stacked with local talent in Brisbane, as Te Huna joins heavyweight Mark Hunt as the night's top attraction.
Not since welterweight BJ Penn featured in the main event of UFC 127 in 2011 has a true MMA legend visited our shores to compete. As a former PRIDE and UFC light heavyweight champion, 'Shogun' is also held in that high regard and will prove a stiff test for the powerful and dynamic striker, New Zealand born JamesTe Huna.
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