James Te Huna and Joey Beltran exchanged in the kind of action-packed light heavyweight contest expected when the fight was announced. In the end, after 15 minutes of action, it was Te Huna being declared the victor in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV: Munoz vs. Weidman Wednesday evening from San Jose.
Te Huna landed 126 significant punches, including 114 to the head of Beltran. Combined the two landed a light heavyweight record 226 significant strikes.
“I hurt myself early in the first (punching Beltran),” Te Huna said. “He is tough as nails and put up a war.”
Te Huna (15-5) appeared to be well on his way to a victory after hammering Beltran with several big lefts and rights. However, Beltran survived and even thrived, hitting Te Huna with some big shots of his own.
The victory was the third consecutive for Te Huna, who stopped Aaron Rosa and Ricardo Romero in his last two bouts. This was the debut for Beltran at 205 after dropig down from heavyweight and resigning with the UFC. He is now 14-8 in his career, but just 2-5 in his last seven including a 1-5 mark inside the Octagon.