Vintage ‘Shogun’ Rua blasts James Te Huna with one-shot KO

On the way towards Australia, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
faced plenty of criticism and adversity. He was too old, or too
small, or a combination of both. UFC president Dana White had even
publicly spoken about the possibility of talking to Rua about
retirement.

Hold off on the career obituaries.

In a turn-back-the-clock performance, a fast, powerful Shogun
torched James Te Huna, knocking him out with a crushing left hook
in just 63 seconds of their UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Silva co-main
event.

The end came in a flash, as the two threw the same punch at the
same time. Te Huna’s never landed, while Rua’s was
flush on the chin, sending Te Huna crashing down to the mat
unconscious.

Rua followed up with a ground strike that wasn’t really
necessary, as the ref was already moving into position to halt the
action.

“Te Huna is a tough fighter, a very good striker,”
Rua said through a translator afterward. “I knew he’d
come out aggressive. I expected him to wrestle. I was timing his
engagement, moving forward. I was timing his entrances. I was happy
that it landed and it ended the bout.”

The fight didn’t last long, but Rua looked vintage, coming
out lean and in good shape, and when he moved, his feet were agile
to go with his fast-moving hands. The two barely had a chance to
get started when the curtain came down.

Te Huna, who had won four of his last five fights, had actually
come into the fight as a moderate favorite over the former UFC
light-heavyweight champion. The loss drops him to 16-7.

Rua had lost two in a row and three of his last four, but now
moves to 21-9.