If the great Injury Curse of summer 2012 has given us anything to sing about, it is this matchup, ladies and gentlemen. Yes, the same plague that has cost us Lombard vs. Stann, Shogun vs. Silva, Faber vs. Cruz III, Alves vs. Bahadurzada, other Silva vs. Belfort, and perhaps most devastatingly, Fitch vs. Simpson, has finally managed to provide a silver lining in the gray cloud resting over the next couple of months, as minute as it may be.
Just four months after being released from the UFC following a first round knockout at the hands of Lavar Johnson, it appears that the man with perhaps the greatest racially-themed nickname in all of MMA, Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran, is on his way back to the promotion. Barring any last minute injuries that are sure to happen, Beltran is tentatively scheduled to take on hard hitting New Zealander James Te Huna, who was left without a dance partner after Brandon Vera was inexplicably paired with Mauricio Rua for the main event of UFC on FOX 4.
Beltran broke the news via his Twitter account yesterday evening:
back in the @ufc vs James TeHuna july 11 @FUELTV lets do this!
Since leaving the UFC, Beltran sucessfully made the drop to 205 pounds and picked up a UD win over 4-1 Anton Talamantes in April. The win was apparently enough to earn him a call back from Joe Silva and Co., who might just be considering bringing Chuck Liddell out of retirement at this point to fill the tremendous void left behind by the aforementioned curse of Irvin’s ghost.
Beltran will be given no easy comeback fight in Te Huna, who is currently riding a two fight win streak over Aaron Rosa and Ricardo Romero, with both victories coming by way of uber-violent (T)KO. Te Huna’s only loss in the octagon has been a first round submission compliments of top contender Alexander “Bjones Jones” Gustafsson, so a win over Beltran in impressive fashion would be both his biggest to date and help propel him up the light heavyweight rankings. One thing’s for sure, this scrap is definitely an early front runner for “Fight of the Night” and will more than likely end with someone getting dicknailed.
UFC on FUEL 4 goes down July 11th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Who you got, Potato Nation?