James Te Huna
|James Te Huna|
Te Huna in 2014
|Born||29 September 1981|
Darfield, New Zealand
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)|
|Reach||75 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sydney, Australia|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Tama Te Huna, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James Te Huna (born 29 September 1981) is a retired New Zealand mixed martial artist, and current coach best known for competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship who has been called a pioneer of Australian mixed martial artists.
He was the first Australian to win a UFC fight on Australian soil, and the first person to headline a UFC fight in New Zealand.
Mixed martial arts career
Early career and background
James Te Huna was born in Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, and is of Maori descent.
Te Huna defeated veteran journeyman Antony Rea whilst competing for the Cage Fighting Championship promotion. He became the Cage Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight World Champion at CFC 10 by defeating Anthony Perosh by first-round KO. Te Huna was later sanctioned by the promotion for illegally stomping on Perosh after the referee had stopped the bout. Cage Fighting Championship promoter Luke Pezzutti issued the following statement concerning Te Huna's behaviour, "To Anthony Perosh and the supporters/ Fans of Cage Fighting Championship, we apologize and do not condone nor tolerate the un-sportsman like actions of James Te-Huna at the CFC 10 August 21 event where the referee Ivan Walton stepped in to stop the fight between James and Anthony, and as a result of his actions that evening he has been fined 20% of his fight purse and has offered to write a letter of apology to Anthony Perosh, CFC officials and the supporters of CFC. CFC officials will amend rules, regulations to further prevent this type of behavior from our athletes." A formal letter of apology was duly issued on Te Huna's behalf.
Te Huna escaped serious injuries after a twenty-foot shop glass panel fell on top of him while walking to training alongside a Sydney mall.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Te Huna then signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and made his debut at UFC 110 against Igor Pokrajac. Te Huna was victorious via a controversial TKO stoppage. The referee stopped the bout when he hit Pokrajac with nine consecutive punches, which he did with his broken arm.
Te Huna made his return on 27 February 2011 at UFC 127 against Alexander Gustafsson, where was defeated by first-round submission due to a rear-naked choke. He donated his fight purse to the Christchurch earthquake victims, and the UFC matched his donation.
He was expected to face UFC veteran Brandon Vera on 11 July 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 4. However, Vera was tapped to fight Maurício Rua at UFC on Fox 4 and was replaced by returning veteran Joey Beltran. Te Huna knocked Beltran down once and had him rocked throughout the first round. Despite breaking bones in his left hand and left foot and having his endurance tested, Te Huna won the fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27).
Te Huna fought Ryan Jimmo on 16 February 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald. He survived an early scare in round one after getting hit with a head kick. Te Huna then rebounded by controlling rounds two and three with his wrestling, winning via unanimous decision (29–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Following those two consecutive losses, Te Huna announced that he would drop down to middleweight for his future fights. He made his middleweight debut and faced Nate Marquardt in his home country of New Zealand on 28 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt. He lost the fight via first round armbar.
After being sidelined for all of 2015 due to a litany of injuries, Te Huna returned to face Steve Bossé on 20 March 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85. Te-Huna lost the bout via KO in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Fighting Championships
- CFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- CFC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||16 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||16–9||Steve Bossé||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir||20 March 2016||1||0:52||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||16–8||Nate Marquardt||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt||28 June 2014||1||4:34||Auckland, New Zealand||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||16–7||Maurício Rua||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||7 December 2013||1||1:03||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||16–6||Glover Teixeira||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 160||25 May 2013||1||2:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–5||Ryan Jimmo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald||16 February 2013||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||15–5||Joey Beltran||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||11 July 2012||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||14–5||Aaron Rosa||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||3 March 2012||1||2:08||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||13–5||Ricardo Romero||KO (punches)||UFC 135||24 September 2011||1||0:47||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Alexander Gustafsson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 127||27 February 2011||1||4:27||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||12–4||Igor Pokrajac||TKO (punches)||UFC 110||21 February 2010||3||3:26||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||11–4||Anthony Perosh||KO (punches)||CFC 10: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals||21 August 2009||1||2:21||Sydney, Australia||CFC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||10–4||Priscus Fogagnolo||TKO (punches)||CFC 9: Fighters Paradise||11 July 2009||2||2:37||Gold Coast, Australia||CFC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Second Round.|
|Win||9–4||Antony Rea||TKO (punches)||CFC 8: Light Heavyweight Grand Prix||22 May 2009||1||1:52||Sydney, Australia||CFC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix First Round.|
|Win||8–4||David Gibb||TKO (punches)||XFC: Return of the Hulk||14 March 2009||1||N/A||Perth, Australia|
|Win||7–4||Sam Brown||Decision (unanimous)||EFG: Weapons of Mass Destruction||3 May 2008||3||5:00||Penrith, Australia||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Loss||6–4||Hector Lombard||Submission (shoulder injury)||Warriors Realm 8||23 March 2007||1||3:50||Geelong, Australia|
|Win||6–3||Takahiro Oba||TKO (corner stoppage)||X-plosion||18 August 2006||2||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Return to Middleweight.|
|Loss||5–3||James Lee||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Gunfather||10 February 2006||1||1:37||Sunshine Coast, Australia||Heavyweight debut; for the KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–2||Edwin Aguilar||TKO (punches)||Kumite 2||11 November 2005||2||N/A||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||4–2||Adrian Leatuna||TKO (punches)||Kumite 1||2 July 2005||3||N/A||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||3–2||Matt Knight||DQ (fence grabbing)||KOTC: Australia||4 February 2005||1||4:01||Sydney, Australia||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||3–1||Kym Robinson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 6: Ultimate Fighting Returns||20 November 2004||1||2:19||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||2–1||Rocky Huni||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 5: When Worlds Collide||13 August 2004||1||N/A||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||1–1||Matt Knight||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Xtreme Fight Club 2||5 June 2004||2||1:20||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Loss||0–1||Api Hemara||Submission (armbar)||Spartan Reality Fight 6||5 April 2003||1||2:20||Perth, Australia|
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