Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua will get another high-profile fight in December, as he will tangle with James Te Huna in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia.
“Shogun” is on a decline, having dropped three of his last four fights, including back-to-back defeats. His last bout was a first-round submission loss at the hands of Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston. Rua just hasn’t looked like the same fighter since that epic and brutal clash with Dan Henderson at UFC 139.
It’s clear that Rua, who still is talking about making another run to a possible title shot, must rebound against Te Huna or he will simply become a non-factor in the 205-pound weight class. For his part, Te Huna is looking to steady things after suffering a first-round submission loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 160.
A loss to Teixeira is certainly nothing to be disheartened by, as the Brazilian has rolled through everyone he’s faced in the Octagon. Up until that setback, the hard-hitting Te Huna had won four straight fights. Te Huna is a respectable 5-2 in the UFC and his only other loss was against Alexander Gustafsson.
It shapes up as a bout that promises to deliver some fireworks in Brisbane on December 7. Both Rua and Te Huna have the power to get their opponents out of there, and with Rua’s seeming decline due to so many wars, the stakes are quite high for him to turn in a strong performance. For Te Huna, he gets another big-name opponent and can definitely improve his stock in the division if can secure a win against an MMA legend like Rua.
This bout will act as a nice complement to the already-announced main event, which will feature a battle of heavyweights as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will tangle with the always-tough Mark Hunt.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports