Tonight, the UFC featured an exciting light heavyweight bout between Shogun Rua and James Te Huna. Both needed a win to keep their title dreams alive, and it was Rua who proved to be the superior fighter. Rua landed some great kicks in the first, and then uncorked a beautifully timed left-right when Huna was coming in. It sent Huna out and to the canvas, and Rua followed it up with one more strike, just to make sure the bout was going to be stopped.
Rua needed this KO win over Te Huna, as he was completed dominated by Chael Sonnen in his last fight. It couldn’t have gone any better for Rua tonight, who gets his name back in the win column. It was a sterling performance from Rua, who proved to be too much for Te Huna on the feet.
It’s this kind of finish that makes Shogun such a feared striker, and he seems to have taken this fight very seriously. Before this bout, Rua said he may test the waters in the middleweight division. There, he would have more of a strength advantage, and he certainly would be one of the best strikers in the division if he ever makes the 185-pound limit.
For Te Huna, he will need to shore up some things in terms of his striking. For Rua, he proved to be the elite fighter tonight, and it’s going to be interesting to see what’s next for his fighting career, whether it’s at light heavyweight or middleweight.