James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16
Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna
UFC: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre)
The Line: Steve Bosse +215 / James Te Huna -255 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds
James Te Huna and Steve Bosse fight Saturday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
James Te Huna enters this fight with a 18-8 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Te Huna has lost his last three fights and is coming off a June 2014 loss to Nate Marquardt. Te Huna is averaging 4.08 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 51.9 percent. Te Huna is averaging 2.79 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. It’s going to be interesting to see Te Huna’s form, as he was a punching bag the last time we saw him, and he missed all of 2015 due to a list of injuries. When healthy, Te Huna is an accurate striker with knockout power and defends nearly 63 percent of his opponent's strikes. Te Huna has fought most of his career out of Australia, his current residence.
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Steve Bosse enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 80 percent of his strikes by knockout. Bosse has won eight of his last nine fights and is coming off a June loss to Thiago Santos. We didn’t get to see much from Bosse in his UFC debut, as the fight ended in less than 30 seconds due to a nasty head kick. What we do know about Bosse is that he’s a former hockey enforcer who is a solid striker with above-average punching power. Bosse is also very raw in terms of his ground game. The downside is that Bosse isn’t nearly as aggressive offensively as he should be, and he clearly has defensive issues judging by his last fight. This will be Bosse’s first fight in Australia.
Even with Te Huna not fighting in nearly two years, you still have to like him over the inexperienced and raw Bosse. Bosse hasn’t shown us much for anybody to be confident in him at this point of his career. Te Huna has had time to get healthy and has shown he can win fights in a variety of ways.
I like Te Huna to get the bounce back victory.