MONTREAL- MAY 8: Joey Beltran (R) punches Tim Hague in their heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
"The Mexecutioner" is back.
Fan favorite Joey Beltran has fought his way back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ranks to face James Te Huna at UFC on Fuel TV 4 on July 11, 2012, after being released from the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion following his knockout loss to Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 2: "Evans vs. Davis" this past January
The loss, which was his second straight inside the Octagon, marked the first time that anyone had finished the tough as nails Heavyweight in four years. Now, after dropping down to Light Heavyweight and earning a victory outside of the UFC, Beltran will once again get another chance to shine under the brightest lights of them all.
"The Mexecutioner" made the announcement via his official Twitter account:
back in the @ufc vs James TeHuna july 11 @FUELTV lets do this!
The recent string of injuries that has caused the UFC brass to do some major reshuffling has indeed been a good thing ... at least for Beltran and other fighters in his position, anyway.
After Thiago Silva was forced out of his UFC 149 clash against Mauricio Rua, "Shogun" was removed from the Calgary card and then matched up to swing leather with Brandon Vera, who was originally slated to take on James Te Huna in San Jose, Calif., as the headlining bout on UFC on Fox 4 in Los Angeles, which also lost its headliner because of an injury to Brian Stann.
Standing in his way is one tough New Zealander who has reeled off two straight wins inside the Octagon and is known for having heavy hands, with his last seven victories coming via way of knockout.
With a second opportunity, will Beltran show the MMA world a new and improved fighter at 205-pounds? Or will Te Huna keep with his head hunting ways and earn his third straight victory?
UFC on FUEL TV 4 will feature a middleweight main event of Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman with the number one division contender position in the 185-pound division on the line.
A Welterweight bout that pits Aaron Simpson vs. Kenny Robertson is also expected to take place in the "Shark Tank" on fight night, as well as a potential lightweight war between Anthony Njokuani vs. Rafael dos Anjos.