Both stalwart sluggers actually set multiple records in the bout with the overall most significant strikes landed in UFC light heavyweight history and Te Huna also set a record for the most significant strikes landed in a single round in UFC history.
It was more than worthy of the $40,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus when things were all said and done.
So despite dishing out the damage, how in the world did Te Huna fail to score a finish? And what happens next for both men?
Follow me after the jump for our James Te Huna vs. Joey Beltran UFC on FUEL TV 4 post-fight review and analysis
Early on, it was all Te Huna. The New Zealander crushed Beltran with a wide repertoire of punches which included a nasty lunging left hook, a right uppercut, a straight right and left as well as a big looping right hook. He was accurate, he was aggressive and he was consistent.
Beltran rarely had room to breathe as Te Huna was on him the entire time, backing "The Mexicutioner" up into the fence repeatedly and then laying into him with big strikes and combinations. The biggest attack of the first round was in the final minute when Te Huna clipped Beltran with a beautiful lead left to the chin and nearly finished the Alliance MMA fighter, even gaining mount briefly before exploding with a flurry of strikes against the fence.
Beltran was saved by the bell there and led out a sigh of relief while flashing a smile.
From that point on, Te Huna's output slowed considerably. He had broken both his hand and his foot in the first round so for the rest of the fight, he was much more focused on leg kicks and especially takedowns. He took Beltran down multiple times throughout the rest of the fight but couldn't do much with the position.
To his credit, Beltran was extremely game and slugged it out with Te Huna throughout the bout. He even rocked the New Zealander with his final punch of the second round during a wild flurry.
In the third round, Beltran turned up the aggression and definitely fought with a sense of urgency, but he simply couldn't overcome the defenses and the takedowns of Te Huna as he would lose a very one-sided decision.
For Joey Beltran, you've got to give this dude credit for being able to take punishment like no other human being alive. James Te Huna hits incredibly hard and Beltran took his best shot on multiple occasions without going out. His chin is legendary.at this point. Beltran's probably is that he's just not that technical and he definitely was a bit slow. He's going to have to increase his activity and pace if he wants to stick around. A great chin can only last so long.
"The Mexicutioner" will be given another shot as he did the UFC a big favor by stepping up and taking this fight. I think he'll probably be thrown in against someone like Chad Griggs, Kyle Kingsbury or perhaps Vladimir Matyushenko.
For James Te Huna, that first round was about as dominant and impressive as you can get. He was consistently finding a home for his power shots and his accuracy was tremendous. The fight still didn't answer any of Te Huna's issues with the ground game and submissions but this was a legitimate showcase of his striking talents. The fact that he hung tough despite breaking two appendages in the final two rounds is a great sign as well. Te Huna is tough as nails.
There are plenty of options for Te Huna next. I think the winner of Ryan Jimmo vs Anthony Perosh would be an interesting fight. Other possibilities include Cyrille Diabate, Stanislav Nedkov or perhaps even Forrest Griffin if the UFC thinks he's ready for a step up.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
Were you surprised Te Huna couldn't score that first round finish? What did you think of Beltran's ridiculous chin?