James Te Huna retires after 25-fight career
<p>After a 25-fight career, James Te Huna has decided to hang up the gloves. </p>
<p>Te Huna announced his retirement <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFvHBEzsBwB/?taken-by=jamestehuna">on his Instagram page</a> on Monday where he thanked his team and fans for their support. Although he didn’t specify his exact reason for retirement or where he will venture next, he did say he would like to continue encouraging the youth to participate in martial arts.</p>
<p>Te Huna made his UFC debut in 2010 at UFC 110 against Igor Pokrajac, who he beat via third-round TKO. After suffering a loss to future light-heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson, Te Huna strung together a four-fight win streak, marking the highlight of his UFC career, which included wins over the likes of Ryan Jimmo and Joey Beltran. Most recently, however, Te Huna faced a rough patch after being finished in his past four bouts.</p>
<p>Te Huna’s full statement can be read below:</p>
<p>"<em>Hey guys ..yes I'm alive haha, it's been a couple months since my last post and I apologise for my absence. I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future, I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn't have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream. This career has expanded to 20 years and I have/am very grateful for all the help and support that I have received along this amazing journey. I got to learn and gain respect, discipline from martial arts, my culture and my family. Living a healthy lifestyle (minus the hospitals lol). Experiencing the positives and negatives of a sport-I have been through it all and I'll be using this knowledge in my next venture. I received a lot of help and I always done my best to give back whenever I could. I would like to encourage the youth to get involved and I will continue to promote. There have been a lot of proud moments-having the opportunity to represent my culture to the world, but most of all being told from the person who I looked up to, my nephew my namesake. Again, thank you guys for all the support and a big thank you to my family.</em></p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.