James Te Huna lived up to the hype but was unable to put the tough ‘Mexicutioner’ Joey Beltran away in the co-main event at UFC on FUEL TV 4, with the Australian holding on for a decision win (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
“He’s very hard to put away,” Te Huna said post fight. The punches just bounce off his head. I hurt my hand and my foot in the first round, but it was an entertaining fight and I hope you all loved it.”
Te Huna tried to lure Beltran in early stalking his prey with short jabs, before landing with bigger shots. The Australian then let his hands go landing at will with his uppercuts on Beltran who was retreating but showed a tremendous chin.
After breaking out the clinch Te Huna landed a left hook that dropped Beltran, who looked gone. Te Huna unloaded on the ground but Beltran was saved by the bell.
Te Huna mixed it up in the early stages of round 2 switching from the body to the head, then took Beltran to the mat. The referee stood them back up and Te Huna took control with the stand up.
Two big right hands by Te Huna got him going in the final frame , but sensing trouble after Beltran landed with his elbows, Te Huna took the fight to the ground. Beltran escaped but the Australian made him pay landing with solid shots until fatigue had set in for the Australian and Beltran looked to get in mount but Te Huna held on for a hard fought victory.
The win was Te Huna’s fourth in the UFC and it improves his winning streak to 3 fights while Beltran who was returning to the Octagon after being cut earlier this year, suffered his third straight loss in the promotion.