The UFC decided to go with a familiar face (and fan-favorite) to replace Brandon Vera in a July 11 match-up with James Te Huna at UFC on Fuel 4, as the organization announced last night that Joey Beltran would be returning to the Octagon at a svelte 205 pounds after a previous run in the eight-sided cage as a heavyweight.

Beltran also commented on the matter, expressing great humility and appreciation on Twitter in light of the development.

“The Mexicutioner” holds an overall record of 14-7 with all but two of his wins involving knockouts including those against Rolles Gracie and Houston Alexander. His opponent, Te Huna, is also known for putting opponents away with strikes and has eleven such stoppages under his belt. The 30-year old made his successful light heavyweight debut earlier this year shortly after his release from the UFC.

UFC on Fuel 4 is headlined by a middleweight meeting between top contenders Mark Munoz-Chris Weidman.


MMATraining Take: I’ve always appreciated Beltran’s style and he seemed like an undersized heavyweight so here’s hoping LHW treats him better! Regardless, nice to see a good guy with an appreciation for entertainment get a second shot.