UFC's James Te Huna out for next 10 months

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 12:02 12/07/2014
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TOUGH BREAK: Kiwi UFC fighter James Te Huna is set to be sidelined for 10 months and will have shoulder surgery next week.

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New Zealand UFC star James Te Huna faces shoulder surgery on Tuesday and expects to be out of action for 10 months.

But the 32-year-old Sydney-based fighter has vowed to stay in the game as he overcomes the latest setback in a career punctuated by untimely injuries.

Te Huna suffered a first round loss to American Nate Marquardt as he headlined UFC's debut promotion in New Zealand two weeks ago with their middleweight clash in Auckland.

Te Huna dislocated a shoulder in a disastrous buildup that also included hip, ankle and hand problems as preparations in this rugged sport took their toll.

"I'm having surgery on Tuesday. I'll be out for about six months and I won't be fighting for about 10 months," Te Huna said.

"It's very frustrating but I've been there before. I'm a fighter ... it's what I do."

Te Huna had surgery on the same shoulder six years ago.

"That was on the front side of the rotator cuff, this time it's the back," he lamented.

Te Huna said he didn't want to offer any excuses for his loss.

He'd had time to reflect on things over the past fortnight and was determined to push on.

Te Huna has fights left on his contract but this was his third UFC loss in a row.

He had yet to discuss his fighting future with the organisation.

Te Huna has received encouragement from Kiwi heavyweight star Mark Hunt who has urged him to get fit and carry on.

Hunt spent five weeks with his compatriot in the buildup to the fight.

Hunt is set to headline UFC's return to Japan when he meets American Roy Nelson in Saitama on September 21.

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