|Birth name||Finau Sosefo Maka|
|Date of birth||10 July 1977|
|Place of birth||Longoteme, Tonga|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|School||Sacred Heart College Auckland|
|Notable relative(s)||Isitolo Maka (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
Finau Maka (born 10 July 1977) started his playing career for Auckland Rugby Union and NZ age group teams. He played over 50 games for Auckland NPC Team and the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders before leaving to play for the Stade Toulousain club in French Top 14. Whilst at Toulouse he helped them win the 2003 and 2005 Heineken Cups, as a replacement in 2003 and starting in the 2005 final.He played in two Rugby World Cups for Tonga and was one of the stars of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2011 he led his country to beat France in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. France went on to almost beat the All Blacks in the final.
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In 2014, Maka fought against David Letele for the Duco Event's Corporate World Title. The day before the fight at the weigh in both fighters got into a fight. Letele grabbed Maka on the throat pushing him back, Maka retaliated by tackling him to the ground, however the fight was broken off quickly.Maka lost by TKO in the first round.
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|0 Wins (0 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Losses (1 knockouts, 0 decisions), 0 Draws|
|Loss||0–1||TKO||1, (4) 1:48||2015-03-05||Duco Event's Corporate World Title|
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