James Te Huna replaces Ryan Bader, faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 160

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Budgellism
3/11/13 10:02:57PM
Ryan Bader (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 160 matchup with Glover Teixeira (20-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and James Te Huna (16-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has agreed to fight in his place.

UFC officials today announced the switch.

UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

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kopower
3/11/13 10:14:50PM
Kpro
3/11/13 10:14:59PM
Bader for smartest dropout of 2013 award.
Pookie
3/11/13 10:23:39PM
This fight is going to get heavy.
JLS1980
3/11/13 10:24:11PM
I think I'm more of a fan of this replacement fight. Should be fun.
kopower
3/11/13 10:25:12PM

Posted by Kpro

Bader for smartest dropout of 2013 award.



No kidding. This fight just got 10X better.
FastKnockout
3/11/13 10:33:30PM
Damn. Didn't want to see Bader lose but don't want to see Te Huna lose either.
bootyclause
3/11/13 10:46:31PM
Bader would have won in classic "underrated wrestler derails non-wrestler hype train run amok". 29-28 Bader. yup.

It annoys me a little that UFC wants to push Glover hard but they make this fight just for him to get target practice. It's an excuse to make a can crusher fight to further the Glover hysteria (yea, I called Te Huna a can, the whole bottom end of the division is not very talented).

They could just as easily pull Thiago Silva or Feijao out of that fight or put Machida out there and make it good. Lil Nog deserves that fight as well.

The only thing that makes Te Huna a good fight in my opinion is that he will throw ugly haymakers and get KO'd in spectacular fashion.

FastKnockout
3/11/13 10:54:30PM

Posted by bootyclause

Bader would have won in classic "underrated wrestler derails non-wrestler hype train run amok". 29-28 Bader. yup.

It annoys me a little that UFC wants to push Glover hard but they make this fight just for him to get target practice. It's an excuse to make a can crusher fight to further the Glover hysteria (yea, I called Te Huna a can, the whole bottom end of the division is not very talented).

They could just as easily pull Thiago Silva or Feijao out of that fight or put Machida out there and make it good. Lil Nog deserves that fight as well.

The only thing that makes Te Huna a good fight in my opinion is that he will throw ugly haymakers and get KO'd in spectacular fashion.




He's fighting cans? He's only had three fights in the UFC. It wouldn't be fair to throw him to the Shoguns' and Machidas' straight out of the gate.
sparky
3/11/13 10:57:21PM
I think Te Huna is going to get knocked out real bad by Glover. This has fire works writen all over it for however long it lasts. Both men have some serious power in their hands I'm excited for this one
Kpro
3/11/13 11:35:11PM

Posted by bootyclause

Bader would have won in classic "underrated wrestler derails non-wrestler hype train run amok". 29-28 Bader. yup.




Not sure if serious, but I would take Teixeira to get takedowns and have better takedown defense than Bader in a match between the two, and if it did hit the mat, Glover would annihilate him with his transitions and jitz like he was playing with a child. Bader's best chance would be to stand and that's a tall order against Glover.
oForrestGriffino
3/12/13 1:42:31AM
IMO I like this fight better. I think Te Huna will make it a bit more competitive.
cowcatcher
3/12/13 1:50:31AM
I predict

jae_1833
3/12/13 1:55:22AM
I think the hype on Glover is getting a little carried away, the guy has gotten clipped by every fighter except Kingsbury. One of them is not a one hit quitter and should be a middle wt, the other was way past his prime. He couldn't sub Page either. Bader would not have gotten balled up by Glover IMO, nor should he be cutting through a striker like Big Tuna like it was butter. I don't have that much confidence in his chin and Tuna's seems to be pretty solid. I would pick Glover by UD but wouldn't be shocked to see Tuna flash KO him as Glover prefers to bang.
DrivenDavies15
3/12/13 2:11:35AM
This fight gets a big from DD15
This is a solid fight and Te Huna is a legit guy getting 4 straight wins impressively. Step up for sure but I see Glover by sub in this one
Sir_Karl
3/12/13 2:14:42AM

Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by bootyclause

Bader would have won in classic "underrated wrestler derails non-wrestler hype train run amok". 29-28 Bader. yup.

It annoys me a little that UFC wants to push Glover hard but they make this fight just for him to get target practice. It's an excuse to make a can crusher fight to further the Glover hysteria (yea, I called Te Huna a can, the whole bottom end of the division is not very talented).

They could just as easily pull Thiago Silva or Feijao out of that fight or put Machida out there and make it good. Lil Nog deserves that fight as well.

The only thing that makes Te Huna a good fight in my opinion is that he will throw ugly haymakers and get KO'd in spectacular fashion.




He's fighting cans? He's only had three fights in the UFC. It wouldn't be fair to throw him to the Shoguns' and Machidas' straight out of the gate.



Yeah but one of those three was Rampage so the next logical step is actually the Machidas and Ruas etc
Poor_Franklin
3/12/13 3:45:19AM

Posted by Sir_Karl


Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by bootyclause

Bader would have won in classic "underrated wrestler derails non-wrestler hype train run amok". 29-28 Bader. yup.

It annoys me a little that UFC wants to push Glover hard but they make this fight just for him to get target practice. It's an excuse to make a can crusher fight to further the Glover hysteria (yea, I called Te Huna a can, the whole bottom end of the division is not very talented).

They could just as easily pull Thiago Silva or Feijao out of that fight or put Machida out there and make it good. Lil Nog deserves that fight as well.

The only thing that makes Te Huna a good fight in my opinion is that he will throw ugly haymakers and get KO'd in spectacular fashion.




He's fighting cans? He's only had three fights in the UFC. It wouldn't be fair to throw him to the Shoguns' and Machidas' straight out of the gate.



Yeah but one of those three was Rampage so the next logical step is actually the Machidas and Ruas etc



i believe FastKOs point was not to throw Glover to the big guys right away. yeah he beat Rampage & they gave him a solid opponent in Bader. Bader got hurt, they needed a fill in, & since the other big guys are already taken, it only makes sense to give a guy like TeHuna the fight. it wasnt planned this way, but it is what it is.
aussiemma
3/12/13 4:08:34AM
wow !! this is fucking awesome !!!

whoever can get their punches off first wins. Both guys are solid everywhere.
Malaussie
3/12/13 7:15:40AM
Te huna trains in penrith. About a 20 minute drive from where i live and he is one of my favourite fighters. But i think that after feeling te huna's power, texeira will take it to the ground and sub him.
aussiemma
3/12/13 7:47:54AM
te huna's ground game and tdd are quite good. I feel these guys are both equally matched. Probably give a slight power advantage and grappling advantage to glover.

I love these fights where both guys are on the rise. Gonna be a fun one !
Goatenstein
3/12/13 8:34:57AM

Posted by aussiemma

wow !! this is fucking awesome !!!

whoever can get their punches off first wins. Both guys are solid everywhere.

Uh Texeira is light years ahead of Te Huna on the ground.
SmileR
3/12/13 8:45:57AM

Posted by kopower




Nailed my expression.
airkerma
3/12/13 9:45:58AM

Posted by Malaussie

Te huna trains in penrith. About a 20 minute drive from where i live and he is one of my favourite fighters. But i think that after feeling te huna's power, texeira will take it to the ground and sub him.


That's how I see it as well. I'm expecting a rd 2 sub from Glover via rnc/arm triangle but with Big Tuna's power anything can happen. Hopefully his tdd is up to snuff.
Bubbles
3/12/13 10:05:15AM

Posted by jae_1833

I think the hype on Glover is getting a little carried away, the guy has gotten clipped by every fighter except Kingsbury. One of them is not a one hit quitter and should be a middle wt, the other was way past his prime. He couldn't sub Page either.


Rampage has only been subbed twice in his career (by Jones and Sakuraba 12 years ago), what makes you think he is easy to submit?
jae_1833
3/12/13 11:23:32AM
Not saying he is easy to sub just cautioning people on the hype...he isn't a bjj ace (LHW version of Maia). If he was, then I think he'd have been able to land the sub with the positions he had Page in.
SamPan
3/12/13 3:05:05PM
For me, this fight has more brute entertainment value... 2 heavy hitters. That said, I wanted to see Bader test Texeira's wrestling to see where he really stacks up in the LHW picture.
Kpro
3/12/13 3:41:32PM
No one has had more guard-passes on Rampage than Glover did in that fight, ever. Look over Rampage's resume and see names like Rua, Sakuraba, Randleman, Arona, Lindland, Hendo, you name it. Just because Rampage wasn't submitted isn't saying much, as pointed out above. Position before submission, look to Shields vs. Hendo for the definition of that to lead to victory.

Teixeira got his black belt in BJJ about 6-8 years ago and won the 2009 ADCC Brazil Trials (<99kg division) and went on to defeat wortd-renowned ADCC competitor Dean Lister, among others, at 2009 ADCC Barcelona (<99kg division).

Right after getting his black belt in 06 I believe, he moved over with Hackleman and Liddell among others and has put his TDD in the elite of the UFC LHW division. I'd put his ground transitions and TDD up against anyone in the division, in the UFC, with confidence.
prozacnation1978
3/12/13 4:03:38PM
Better fight
infestructure
3/12/13 4:54:19PM
Huge fan of both guys, I think Glover has it due to technical boxing and ground game, though the way his lights went out vs Maldonaldo for a second makes me think perhaps a lucky KO by the big Tuna