Thirty-four-year-old UFC light heavyweight James Te Huna announced that he’s retiring from mixed martial arts competition on his Instagram page on Monday.
Te Huna made his promotional debut at UFC 110 in February 2010 becoming the first New Zealander to complete inside the Octagon. He won five of his first six fights with the promotion, including a Fight of the Night performance against Joey Beltran in July 2012.
Te Huna was sidelined for all of 2015 due to injuries, but returned in March against Steve Bosse at UFC Fight Night 85. He was knocked out in 52 seconds. It was his fourth consecutive loss.
While he’s stepping away from active competition, Te Huna plans to remain in the sport as a promoter. His career spanned 13 years as a professional fighter. His record stands at 16-9.
Hey guys ..yes I’m alive haha, it’s been a couple months since my last post and I apologise for my absence. I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future, I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn’t have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream. This career has expanded to 20 years and I have/am very grateful for all the help and support that I have received along this amazing journey. I got to learn and gain respect, discipline from martial arts, my culture and my family. Living a healthy lifestyle (minus the hospitals lol). Experiencing the positives and negatives of a sport-I have been through it all and I’ll be using this knowledge in my next venture. I received a lot of help and I always done my best to give back whenever I could. I would like to encourage the youth to get involved and I will continue to promote. There have been a lot of proud moments-having the opportunity to represent my culture to the world, but most of all being told from the person who I looked up to, my nephew my namesake. Again, thank you guys for all the support and a big thank you to my family. Kia ora Jamie