Te Huna stepped up as an injury replacement and was hoping to bring the Teixiera hype train crashing to a halt, but he was unable to derail him.
Teixeira showed his hand early, quickly attempting a takedown, but Te Huna denied him. After a brief striking exchange, both men got their licks in, but Te Huna wasn't able to be as aggressive as he would have liked due to the threat of Teixeira's ground game.
The next time Teixeira attempted to take the fight to the canvas, he was successful, and he immediately began attacking with ground and pound. Te Huna retained full guard, but that didn't last long and when he again passed Te Huna's guard, the New Zealander was able to scramble back to his feet.
Te Huna's recovery didn't last long, however, as Teixeira baited his escape by latching onto Te Huna's neck and threatening with a guillotine choke. When he secured a good grip, Teixeira dropped to his back and squeezed, forcing Te Huna to quickly choose to tap out or go to sleep. He chose the former.
For James Te Huna, he was able to avoid the first takedown, but he couldn't capitalize on keeping the fight standing for however brief it lasted. Yes, he landed a few decent body shots, but he needed to do more. Te Huna has now been submitted in five of his six losses. He clearly needs to keep shoring up that part of his game. No matter how hard he hits, his submission skills will be a liability when he faces top level competition until he can round out his game.