Shogun Rua vs. James Te Huna Serves as UFC Fight Night 33 Co-Main Event

September 11, 2013
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Shogun Rua at UFC 139UFC officials earlier this week announced that Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva would headline UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7 in Brisbane, Australia (Dec. 6 in the U.S.). On Wednesday, they announced the co-main event.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will square off with James Te Huna in the night’s top supporting bout at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Shogun (21-8) is coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time in his storied career. He lost a decision to current title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5 in December then followed that with a submission loss to Chael Sonnen at last month’s UFC Fight Night 26.

The trip to Australia will be Shogun’s first time fighting there.

Born in New Zealand and now living in Australia, Te Huna (16-6) will have the home field advantage.

He’s also returning to the Octagon after disappointment in his last fight, though. Te Huna had a four-fight winning streak disrupted by the next light heavyweight contender, Glover Teixeira, at UFC 160 in May.

Te Huna has fought on three of the four UFC fight cards that have taken place in Australia, and fought the first 17 bouts of his professional career there.

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  • bajafox

    The card just went from mediocre to good

  • Gabe

    This card is looking good

  • James Garner

    Should be fireworks.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Co-Main event? Shogun is 2-4 in his last six fights, he is nothing near any kind of main event fighter anymore. Te Huna by KO.

    • YellowmonkeY

      Show some respect…

      P.S. Shogun by KO

    • http://mmacover.com/ Bryam Olivera

      You’re a hater. All you do is bash on people.

      • shakejunt

        but in this case he might be right…

        • http://mmacover.com/ Bryam Olivera

          This guy is just bitter that anderson silva lost. Now he acts like his grandma died and his world is crumbling apart

      • TheCerealKiller

        That’s not true. I love you!

  • https://www.facebook.com/bestnicknameeverbros Eugenio Croitoru

    Are you serious? $1,000,000 on Te Huna please.

  • Darin

    After feeding Sho a series of champions and legends I guess he has fallen to taking on up-and-comers.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Now guys let’s not disrespect Shogun. He’s entertained us all in Pride and now what? B/C he’s not as good we throw him away? Let’s be real fans. James is a tough up and coming fighter. This might be his time to make a name if he wins. Tu Huna is no slouch. Besides Shogon must be upset with his losses and must be motivated. Let’s give him one more chance as fans of the sport.

    • deepgrim

      pretty ironically both got caught with the guiltione with a guard pull in there last fights. Good opportunity for both fighters, for te huna to take down a top 10 guy and obviously shogun needs to get back on the win column

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Everyone might not be big fans of both fighters but this is an important fight for both men.

  • Werdoomb

    Shogun should seriously consider retiring or obtaining a TRT exemption should he lose this fight.

    A former champ should not taint his legacy by losing to a fighter of Te Huna’s caliber. No offense to Te Huna, but it is what it is and Te Huna isn’t exactly a top fighter.

    We are talking about a dude that has lost to two top 10 fighters in the first round and has UD wins against guys like Joey Beltran and Ryan Jimmo, two guys that are not exactly top fighters either.

    My prediction: Shogun by a TKO in the later rounds or UD.

  • AXE MURDERER

    Unfortunately it looks like the end of the Pride fighter era. All of them are on the down side of there mma fighting careers. Kind of sad to see. But on the other hand you have the Showtime fighters doing great in the ufc. I would of rather of liked to see Shogun v. Mousasi & Te Huna v. Wanderlei