Daniel Richardson is a Wellington-based sports journalist for NZME. News Service.

MMA: Te Huna to join Hunt on UFC card

James Te Huna. Photo / Getty Images
James Te Huna. Photo / Getty Images

James Te Huna will join fellow Kiwi mixed martial arts fighter Mark Hunt on the UFC 160 card in Las Vegas on May 25 after he was announced today (Tues) as the replacement to meet Glover Teixeira.

Teixeira's scheduled opponent Ryan Bader injured himself in training and has had to pull out of the bout that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

On Sunday, Hunt was also confirmed as a replacement fighter for Alistair Overeem and will meet Junior dos Santos at the event.

The Sydney-based Te Huna, a light heavyweight, has won his past four fights in the UFC and his most recent victory was over Canadian Ryan Jimmo in England in February.

A match-up against Teixeira, who has won his past 18 MMA bouts across a range of promotions, is likely to be a tough examination for the 31-year-old Te Huna who has a 5-1 record in the UFC.

Respected MMA website Sherdog.com has Teixeira ranked as the eighth-best light heavyweight in the world.

Hunt, a former K-1 kickboxing world champion, caught the attention of UFC president Dana White with a stunning TKO victory over Dutch giant Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV in Japan two weeks ago.

After Overeem pulled out of the fight against dos Santos Hunt and White came to an agreement and Hunt's involvement was confirmed during the weekend.

- NZ Herald

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