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James Te Huna thinks 'Shogun' Rua will try to outgrapple him at UFC Fight Night

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According to a Dec. 5 post from MMA Junkie, James Te Huna thinks "Shogun" Rua will try to grapple his way to a victory at UFC Fight Night 33.

Te Huna (16-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) knows that Rua (21-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) has lost back-to-back fights, so he believes the legendary Brazilian is going to utilize his strong wrestling game to notch the win.

Te Huna would obviously keep the fight standing against Rua, and look to trade combinations. However, he doesn't see that happening.

“He needs to win this fight – he’s had two straight losses,” Te Huna said of Rua. “I don’t think he’ll take any risks. I think he’s going to go for my weakest point. Everyone knows what that is.”

UFC Fight Night 33 takes place on Dec. 7 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

The UFC Fight Night 33 main card airs in the United States Friday night on FOX Sports 1 due to a time difference.

“If I win against ‘Shogun,’ I believe I’m going to get one of the better ‘Shoguns’ that there is, because he just come off a fight,” Te Huna told MMAjunkie. “He’s going to be very dangerous; he’s going to be the ‘Shogun’ that everyone knows. So I’m grateful for that, and I look forward to it.”

Te Huna is pleased to be fighting a legendary fighter. He wants to test himself against the best in the world, and that's exactly what he's up against in Rua.

“He’s got a massive fan base here (in Australia), and he’s an exciting fighter,” Te Huna said of Rua. “That’s why I got into the sport in the first place – to come up against a good challenge.”

Te Huna has been busy training with Australian boxing champ Danny Green, to get prepared for his UFC Fight Night 33 battle.

“I learned so much from him – how to approach training sessions, how to approach a fight,” Te Huna said of his work with Green. “He’s been there, done that. He’s fought world-class opponents, and he’s also been in the same situation I am.”

A victory over Rua could move Te Huna into the top 10 in the world at light heavyweight.

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