UFC 160 was originally scheduled to feature a light heavyweight bout between heavy-hitters Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. However, an injury forced Bader off the card, and James Te Huna took his place. Both fighters are coming off impressive wins, and another win would certainly move them forward in their hopes of challenging for a title.
Teixeira is coming off a destruction of Rampage Jackson, where Glover was able to pick Rampage apart on the feet and also take the fight to the mat virtually at will. It proved to everyone that Glover can compete with elite UFC fighters, despite the fact that it was only his third appearance inside the octagon.
Many were clamoring to see Glover compete in the UFC, but it’s always been Visa issues that kept him from competing in the U.S. Now that those issues have finally cleared up, he is building some momentum in a division that needs title contenders, as Jon Jones is taking out fighters one by one.
Training alongside Chuck Liddell, Glover has shown some competent boxing skills, and is also no slouch when it comes to the submission game. Fans should expect a dynamic attack when he squares off with Te Huna.
Te Huna also is coming off a much-needed win over Ryan Jimmo, but it wasn’t without a struggle. In the first, Jimmo landed a sensational head kick on Huna, sending him backward and onto the canvas. Jimmo would follow it up with some good shots from the top, but James managed to survive until the end of the round.
Rounds two and three were completely different, where James was able to get the fight to the mat and land some devastating shots of his own.
Now on a four-fight winning streak, James has the chance to seriously make a run at the light heavyweight title if he is able to defeat the always-dangerous Teixeira. James has exceptional power and also has competent wrestling skills. If he is able to weather the early storm of Glover, then he has a good chance at scoring the upset.