James Te Huna apparently is calm, cool and collected heading into his first headline fight with Nate Marquardt and the UFC’s New Zealand debut.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen this early,” Te Huna tells USA TODAY Sport. “I knew it was going to come, but I had it in my head that it was going to be next year or the following year, so it surprised me. But to be headlining this card now is the biggest dream. It’s so rewarding for me.”
James Te Huna (16-7) Has 10 knockouts, 3 submissions and 3 decision victories. He has been knocked out once, submitted five times in his MMA career.
“There’s no pressure on me fighting at home,” Te Huna says. “I’m here in my home country, and I’m in my comfort zone. The pressure that people talk about me representing my people and representing my country, I haven’t felt it. I’m feeling good, and I’m using all of their support as motivation and to help me build momentum.”
Prior to joining the UFC, Tuna was on a five fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Igor Pokrajac where he won via KO at UFC 110 – Nogueira vs. Velasquez on Feb / 20 / 2010.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be representing my home country and representing my people,” Te Huna says. “It’s definitely fulfilling for me and probably the biggest reward I could achieve. It’s just an awesome feeling.”
Huna would go on to lose two straight fights, he lost to Glover Teixeira via submission at UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 on May / 25 / 2013 and then Mauricio Rua via knockout at UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs. Bigfoot on Dec / 07 / 2013.
Site Reminder: UFC Fight Night 43 goes down this Saturday morning on UFC Fight Pass. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelm side of the card of Fight Pass, then all the way to the main event fight on Fight Pass. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is James Te Huna vs. Nate Marquardt, the co-main event is Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt. The event airs from Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The show starts with Sean O’Connell vs. Gian Villante on Fight Pass at 2:30 a.m. ET and then starting the real fights with the main card on Fight Pass with Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes at 5:00. Am. ET. Even though it’s early, we hope you come out and support the site. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.