Just three days ago, FanSided reported that the UFC was planning an event for New Zealand sometime in June or July. While the event has yet to be made official, reports are that the event will take place on June 28th in Auckland, New Zealand.
Today, the MMA Corner is reporting that there is a main event bout in the works. New Zealand native, James Te-Huna will make his Middleweight debut when he takes on former StrikeForce Welterweight champion, Nate Marquardt.
The main event is quite shocking, as both men are coming off losing streaks. Te-Huna was knocked out by Shogun Rua in just over a minute back in December. That KO loss came seven months after Te-Huna was submitted by Glover Teixeira back at UFC 160.
Nate Marquardt has not won a UFC fight since rejoining the organization in 2013. After winning the StrikeForce Welterweight championship over Tyron Woodley back in July of 2012, Marquardt has lost three successive fights. In his last two outings, Marquardt was knocked out in the first round by Jake Ellenberger and Hector Lombard. He will move back up to Middleweight in hopes of reclaiming his former glory.
While the date of the event is not yet official, the UFC has another planned event in San Antonio, Texas on June 28th. The San Antonio card, headlined by Jeremy Stephens vs Cub Swanson will air on Fox Sports 1, while the New Zealand card will air on UFC Fight Pass.