UFC Fight Night 43: 3 Fights for James Te Huna to Take Next
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 43, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt squared off against James Te-Huna in the latter's home country of New Zealand.
In the first round, Marquardt had the back of Te-Huna, and from there he rolled forward and sunk in an armbar, forcing Te-Huna to submit.
Te-Huna has now lost three in a row, all in the first round. It's unlikely that he'll be cut, considering he is one of only a few UFC fighters from Australia or New Zealand, but he is going to take a serious drop in his level of competition.
Let's check out three possible opponent's for Te-Huna's next fight.
Rafael Cavalcante is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, but he's been unable to find the same level of success in his UFC career.
Cavalcante is 1-2 in the Octagon, scoring a first-round knockout of Igor Pokrajac in his second fight, which was sandwiched in between a knockout loss to Thiago Silva in his first fight and a decision loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 174.
In his last six fights overall, Cavalcante is 2-3 (one no-contest), and he could really use a win to get himself back in any kind of title contention.
A matchup with Te-Huna provides a fight with two solid names, even if neither fight has been at the top of his game as of late.
Te-Huna has previously faced Anthony Perosh, back in 2009, before Te-Huna was ever signed to the UFC. Perosh had already had two fights with the organization at heavyweight in 2006.
Te-Huna won their first meeting with a knockout in the first round. In addition, their fight took place in the finals of a CFC light heavyweight tournament.
Perosh is 4-3 in his current UFC run. He lost in his first fight—a heavyweight fight against Mirko Cro Cop—and has lost two of his last three. His most notable win was a 14-second knockout of Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 163.
A fight with Perosh would make a solid fight for a card in Australia or New Zealand while providing Te-Huna an opponent with a name and Perosh with a chance to get revenge for his loss in their first meeting.
Loser of Kyle Kingsbury vs. Patrick Cummins
Kyle Kingsbury is 4-4 in his UFC career. He won four straight from 2009 through 2011 but has lost three in a row since that. His most notable wins came over Jared Hamman and Fabio Maldonado while his losses have been to Tom Lawlor, Stephan Bonnar, Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa.
Patrick Cummins is 1-1 in the UFC, and most people are going to know whom he lost to. His first fight was a fight against Daniel Cormier, which Cummins accepted on short notice after claiming he made Cormier cry in wrestling practice, per MMA Mania. At UFC Fight Night 42, Cummins earned a second-round TKO victory over Roger Narvaez.
Should Kingsbury lose the fight to Cummins, there's a serious chance that he'll be cut. If he sticks around, then he could face Te-Huna, with the loser getting cut.
If Cummins wins, he'll likely take another step up in competition, but if he loses, then his job could also be on the line in a fight against Te-Huna.