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Research Helped Pay Off For James Te Huna In His Win Over Joey Beltran

Light heavyweight James Te Huna picked up his third consecutive victory inside the UFC Wednesday night, defeating Joey Beltran in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. Te Huna landed over 120 significant strikes to Beltran, setting a new record for the weight class.

Te Huna, who is now 15-5 in his career and 4-1 in the UFC, credited a great deal of research to his victory over Beltran.

“I did a lot of research on (Beltran) and he is a hard worker,” Te Huna said. “He has a great team he trains with. I knew he was going to be hard to finish and I knew it was going to be a war.”

It seemed as if Te Huna was set to finish the returning Beltran early, but he couldn’t land the final blow. Instead, Te Huna settled for his first decision since joining the UFC in 2010.

Prior to Wednesday, all three of Te Huna’s wins had come via knockout, while is lone loss – in 2011 to Alexander Gustafsson – was a submission defeat.