The UFC will make their first trip to New Zealand on June 28th for UFC Fight Night 44 which will be headlined by a welterweight fight between Nate Marquardt and James Te Huna.

That’ll give New Zealand born Te Huna the home advantage and he could certainly use it after having lost his last two fights, albeit against tough opposition in Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Glover Teixeira.

That’s prompted him to make the switch down to the middleweight division, while Marquardt is moving back up to 185lbs after an unsuccessful stint at welterweight that saw him win just one out of his last four fights.

No other fights have so far been announced for the show, but what we do know is that it will take place on the same day as ‘UFC Fight Night 45’ which is also scheduled to take place on June 28th from Texas.

This would appear to be something that’s going to become more common for the UFC to do going forward as they currently have three of these dual-events scheduled to take place in 2014, with the other two being on May 31st (Germany and Brazil) and October 4th (Sweden and Canada).

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