On Friday, June 27, the UFC will host the weigh-ins for its first trip to New Zealand for UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt which takes place Saturday, June 28, from the Vector Arena in Auckland.

In the night’s main event, New Zealand native James Te Huna will make his middleweight debut against former Strikeforce title holder and UFC title challenger Nate Marquardt. Te Huna went 5-3 competing in the light heavyweight division, with losses against top-10 fighters Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The 32-year-old was knocked out by Rua in December. Marquardt, meanwhile, will return to the 185-pound division for the first time since 2011. The 35-year-old captured Strikeforce gold against Tyron Woodley, but was outclassed by Tarec Saffiedine in his first title defense. Since his UFC return, he’s been knocked out by Jake Ellenberger and Hector Lombard.

The night’s co-main event will pit heavy-handed Australian Soa Palelei against wrestling stalwart Jared Rosholt in a heavyweight affair. Palelei has gone a perfect 3-0 since his promotional return in the summer of 2013. The 36-year-old rides an 11-fight winning streak into the Octagon. Rosholt also rides a lengthy winning streak into the contest, having reeled off six straight, including two in the UFC. Each will look to crack the top-15 rankings with a win.

The 10-fight event will kick off Saturday at 2:30 a.m. ET with a six-fight preliminary card streaming live on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. The four-fight main card follows at 5 a.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.

The fighters hit the scales at 12 a.m. ET on Friday, June 27. Above is a live video feed (courtesy of the UFC). Results appear below.

UFC Fight Pass Main Card
James Te Huna (186) vs. Nate Marquardt (186)
Soa Palelei (264) vs. Jared Rosholt (259)
Hatsu Hioki (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (145)
Robert Whittaker (171) vs. Mike Rhodes (171)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jake Matthews (156) vs. Dashon Johnson (155)
Richie Vaculik (125) vs. Roldan Sangcha-an (125.5)
Vik Grujic (171) vs. Chris Indich (170)
Rodrigo Goiana de Lima (169) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Ian Entwistle (145.5) vs. Daniel Hooker (145)
Sean O’Connell (205) vs. Gian Villante (205.5)

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Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.