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The UFC Comes to New Zealand

UFC FIGHT NIGHT AUCKLAND: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT AT VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND JUNE 28 2014
Auckland, New Zealand – For the first time in its 20-year history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing its famed Octagon® to New Zealand. UFC FIGHT NIGHT™ AUCKLAND: TE HUNA vs. MARQUARDT will be live at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Saturday, June 28, and will feature a stacked line-up of world-class mixed martial artists.

Tom Wright, UFC® Managing Director New Zealand, Australia and Canada said: “We are very excited about the UFC’s debut event in New Zealand. This country has a proud and successful combat sports history and certainly punches above its weight with representation in the UFC.

“We’re coming with a card featuring some of the greatest international and local fighters in mixed martial arts. Kiwis love their sport, and we have a great fan base already in New Zealand with mixed martial arts becoming increasingly popular,” said Wright.

Born in Darfield, New Zealand, James Te Huna (16-7) is a rising star of the UFC having won five of his past eight bouts in the light heavyweight division. The 32-year-old earned Fight of the Night honours in his win against veteran Joey Beltran at UFC® on FUEL TV: MUNOZ vs. WEIDMAN in July 2012 showcasing his speed, agility and a dangerous arsenal of strikes.  

Nate Marquardt (32-13-2) is a former Strikeforce welterweight champion and a veteran of mixed martial arts, having competed against a who’s-who of welterweight and middleweight contenders. The 34-year-old American fell short of earning the UFC middleweight championship in 2007, losing to former champion Anderson Silva during his dynasty of 14-straight title defences. Marquardt earned Knockout of the Night honours against Damian Maia at UFC® 102 and Fight of the Night in a loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC® 109.

Te Huna and Marquardt will compete at middleweight in a five-round main event.

In addition to Te Huna, New Zealand has three athletes currently competing in the UFC:
-    Mark Hunt (9-8-1), No.8-ranked heavyweight
-    Dylan Andrews (17-5), middleweight
-    Robert Whittaker (11-4), welterweight and The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK – The Smashes champion

Remaining fight card, ticketing and on-sale information for UFC FIGHT NIGHT AUCKLAND: TE HUNA vs. MARQUARDT will be announced in the coming weeks.

Saturday, July 11
10PM/7PM
ETPT
Las Vegas, Nevada

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