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Joey Beltran re-joins UFC roster for July fight with James Te Huna

After successfully making his way down to 205 pounds the UFC has re-signed former heavyweight Joey Beltran and wasted little time in scheduling him for action, announcing “The Mexicutioner” will face James Te Huna on July 11 at UFC on Fuel 4. Beltran was released earlier this year after a loss to Lavar Johnson, his fourth in five fights, but earned a decision win in his light heavyweight debut on a regional show this past April.

The 14-7 Beltran is known for his fan-friendly approach to competition, opting to stand and bang rather than concern himself with grappling. Twelve of his triumphs have involved some form of stoppage including those against Rolles Gracie, Aaron Rosa, and Houston Alexander.

In Te Huna he will face a fellow striker with ten TKOs to his credit. The 30-year old Aussie holds an overall record of 14-5 and is on a two-fight winning streak inside the Octagon. He was originally scheduled to face Brandon Vera at the show before “The Truth” was moved into a match-up with Mauricio Rua a few weeks later.

UFC on Fuel 4 is headlined by middleweight action from Mark Munoz-Chris Weidman with other featured bouts on the card including Karlos Vemola-Francis Carmont and Anthony Njoukuani-Rafael dos Anjos.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Man I was bummed out Vera was taken off this card as it is my first live card in about 5 years, But now I am excited because Beltran is awesome, Looking forward to the long drive to San Jose again.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Props to the mexicutioner for dropping the weight to earn another shot in the UFC…this souls be a fun fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I love watching Joey fight, but he’s dropping down to a much deeper division. Sadly, I think this may be one-and-done.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, hard to imagine Joey making a big splash in the LHW division, but he was at least willing & able to drop the necessary wait to give himself another shot. Cuz after losing 4 outta 5 he was at the end of his HW rope.

    If he gets KO’d early, it could very well be a one-and-done situation. But if he puts on a typically entertaining Mexicutioner fight, while pushing Te Huna to the 2nd or 3rd (or obviously if he beats him), then I think he’ll get another chance.

    Winning is obviously most important, but consistently putting on entertaining fights is a close 2nd for the UFC decision makers and Joey is a pretty safe bet in that regard.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Valid point, as evidenced by guys like Leonard Garcia and Dan Hardy still kicking around. (The latter might be a better example now, though.)


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