Mauricio "Shogun" Rua meets James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Light heavyweights Mauricio Rua and James Te Huna will co-headline the UFC’s next trip Down Under.
UFC officials announced Wednesday that “Shogun” and Te Huna are slated to collide at UFC Fight Night 33, which takes place Dec. 7 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The event is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between New Zealander Mark Hunt and former UFC title challenger Antonio Silva.
Rua, 31, has struggled to find consistency of late, stumbling in three of his last four fights, albeit against top competition. The former light heavyweight champion last competed on Aug. 17, when he was submitted by Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26. A veteran of 29 pro outings, “Shogun” owns 18 of his 21 wins by form of knockout and has gone the distance just five times in nearly 11 years as a pro.
Also known for his knockout power, Te Huna has finished 10 of his 16 victims with strikes. The 31-year-old joined the UFC in 2009 and has thus far posted a promotional record of 6-2, though he saw a four-fight winning streak snapped when he was submitted by Glover Teixeira in his most recent outing this past May. Te Huna has never been knocked out in 24 career outings and owns notable wins over Ryan Jimmo, Joey Beltran and Igor Pokrajac.