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With Ryan Bader Injured, Glover Teixeira Draws James Te Huna For What Will Be the Greatest Slugfest of 2013

(This murderous ocean won’t be hurting anyone anymore.) 

Australian publication The Age is passing along the news that TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming UFC 160 bout with Brazilian phenom Glover Teixeira due to injury. Luckily, his replacement opponent makes for an arguably more exciting potential fight, as it is being reported that streaking light heavyweight slugger James Te Huna has been brought into the fold in Bader’s absence. Early reports are also predicting that the fight will be a slugfest of epic proportions that winds up on every pundit’s “Top Ten Fights of the Year” list by the end of 2013, converting hoards of new fans to the sport and simultaneously blowing their minds in the process. Thank God we’re not setting ourselves up for disappointment.

Currently 5-1 in the UFC and on a four fight win streak, Te Huna is on the heels of a come from behind victory over Ryan Jimmo at UFC on FUEL 7. After getting rocked by a head kick in the first round, Te Huna showcased his resiliency (and a much improved grappling game) in the latter two rounds, controlling Jimmo en route to a unanimous decision victory. The victory followed up a record setting performance by the Aussie against Joey Beltran at UFC on FUEL 4 in which Te Huna anded 71 significant strikes in the first round.

Speaking of win streaks, Te Huna will be facing a guy with one of the longest active win streaks in the sport when he fights Teixeira, who is fresh off a unanimous decision victory of his own over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC on FOX 6, his eighteenth in a row.

A win for either man will (probably) establish them as the next, next challenger to the light heavyweight title, so who do you think will come out of this one on top, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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KungfuJaysus- March 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm
Way more interested in this fight. Great match up.
humperdinkal- March 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm
He looks like a younger, skinnier(talking about his head; doesn't have a grapefruit sized one like Ortiz)
humperdinkal- March 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm
Oops, younger skinnier Tito Ortiz...
J.Jones- March 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
@Xander - Barao does, but it says "one of the longest win streaks."
Xanderschultz- March 12, 2013 at 10:27 am
I thought Renan Barao had a longer win streak than Glover?
Fried Taco- March 12, 2013 at 10:26 am
That is an actual picture of Te Huna fighting Bruce Lee.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 12, 2013 at 8:50 am
From day one, I've been saying that Glover should be matched up against Hendo. I still maintain this stance
Pen Fifteen- March 12, 2013 at 8:48 am
This does not strike me as a smart matchup. Why waste 2 contenders pitting them against one another? Bader is a jobber, so it made sense to match him against Texeira, whereas Te Huna is still on the up-and-up, so losing to Glover, which is what I fully expect to happen, would be a big setback for him.