A bout with definitely implications on the future of the UFC’s light heavyweight division has been booked for UFC 160, albeit one only existing due to an injury suffered by Ryan Bader. Last night, the organization announced Bader had withdrawn from a tilt with Glover Teixeira at the May 25 event, also revealing James Te Huna had taken the Ultimate Fighter 8 winner’s spot.
Te Huna has found victory in a quartet of consecutive clashes, most recently beating Ryan Jimmo by decision at UFC on Fuel 7. The 31-year old owns an overall record of 16-5 with thirteen stoppages including ten TKOs.
The 20-2 Teixeira is also in the hunt for a title-shot after emerging with his hand raised in all three of his Octagon appearances. Like Te Huna, Teixeira tends to take his foes out before scorecards come into play, owning finishes over the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Marvin Eastman, and Ricco Rodriguez. He was last seen outpointing Quinton Jackson in January.
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