James Te Huna Announces Brandon Vera as UFC on Fuel TV 4 Opponent


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James Te Huna announced on Thursday evening that he will square off with fellow light heavyweight Brandon Vera at UFC on Fuel TV 4.

The New Zealand native revealed the apparent booking on Twitter and Facebook. No date or location has been announced for UFC on Fuel TV 4, but the event is expected to take place in July, according to Fuel TV executive George Greenberg.

Now residing in Australia, Te Huna, 30, has won eight of his last nine fights. The Pirtek Athletic Allstars representative made his UFC debut in February 2010, finishing Igor Pokrajac via third-round technical knockout. Te Huna followed that performance with a loss, however, submitting to an Alexander Gustafsson rear-naked choke roughly 13 months ago at UFC 127. More recently, Te Huna earned a pair of impressive finishes, knocking Ricardo Romero cold in September before taking out Aaron Rosa by technical knockout at UFC on FX 2 on March 3.

Meanwhile, Vera has fought just three times in the last two years. The former heavyweight prospect kicked off 2010 in unenviable fashion, as he was dominated by future divisional kingpin Jon Jones at UFC Live 1. After recovering from facial fractures sustained in the contest, “The Truth” returned to the Octagon eight months later against Thiago Silva at UFC 125.

Silva initially emerged victorious in that contest, badly breaking Vera’s nose en route to a unanimous decision win. However, the result of the contest was later changed to a no contest by the Nevada Athletic Commission after it was determined that Silva had used an adulterant to mask the use of a banned substance. Vera, 34, stepped back into the cage this past October, taking a hard-fought split decision from Eliot Marshall at UFC 137.

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