James Te Huna Didn't Think He'd Be In The UFC So Soon
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.27.2014
He expected it to happen next year...
In an interview with USA Today, James Te Huna (16-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) said that he didn't expect to get signed to the UFC so soon. He is the first New Zealand fighter to compete in the company. He will fight middleweight Nate Marquardt (32-13-2 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 43. It streams live on UFC Fight Pass from the Vector Arena in Auckland. It's part of a doubleheader which includes UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio later that day on Fox Sports 1 (8 PM ET).
On going to the UFC: "I didn't think it was going to happen this early. I knew it was going to come, but I had it in my head that it was going to be next year or the following year, so it surprised me. But to be headlining this card now is the biggest dream. It's so rewarding for me."
On New Zealand MMA fans: "Kiwis are passionate sports fans and are really big on combat sports. Since I've been here for the past four weeks training for this camp, the amount of support that I've had on the streets, people coming up and asking for pictures and autographs, it's been huge."
On his thoughts on Marquardt: "From the footage I've seen and what I've learned about Nate, he's most dangerous at knowing when to strike and when to finish off an opponent. As soon as he gets someone in trouble, he jumps straight on them, and that's the same kind of style I have too. When I can see someone fold, I jump straight on them and put them away. We've kind of got similar styles, I guess, so this fight is going to be great to watch."