UFC presents UFC Fight Night 43 Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna live from Auckland New Zealand exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Fight Night 43 is the first of two cards the UFC is running Saturday as a few hours later the UFC presents Fight Night 44 from San Antonio Texas.
The main event of 43 features a middleweight tilt between Nate “The Great” Marquardt and James Te Huna. This will be Mardquardt’s return to the middleweight division after three straight losses at welterweight.
The UFC Odds makers have James Te Huna as the -225 favorite, UFC bettors will need to risk $225 for every $100 they want to win. For UFC bettors backing Marquardt, they’ll earn $175 for every $100 risked if an upset happens.
UFC Fight Night Odds
Nate Marquardt +175
James Te Huna -225
Te Huna is also making his middleweight debut after losing two straight fights at light heavyweight, first Glover Teixeira submitted him and then KO’d by Shogun Rua. If he has no trouble cutting weight, he should be at a distinct advantage facing the smaller Marquardt and that probably explains the favored odds put on Te Huna.
Te Huna is a homegrown product of New Zealand so it makes sense that’s he’s headlining this fight but both he and Marquardt are on losing streaks. It’s not usually the best way to sell a card having a couple guys on losing streaks headlining a card but hey, it’s on fight pass so it’s not a costing more than the $9.99 a month subscription.
Marquardt has had several good runs, even winning the Strikeforce welterweight championship in a fight with Tyron Woodley before dropping the title in his next fight to Tarec Saffiedine. At 35, though it’s hard to imagine that he has another good run left in him especially for a fighter who has had a failed steroid test in his recent past.
Te Huna’s two losses come against title contenders, actually of his three losses in his past 13 fights they all come against title contenders, the aforementioned Rua and Teixeira and before that, it was Alexander Gustafsson back in 2011.
I think Marquardt will be overmatched in this fight. Te Huna should earn a win in front of his hometown fans.