Roger Huerta

Quote of the Day: Roger Huerta Enters Free Agency, Looking to Fight ASAP

Roger Huerta. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

"Jeff Clark and my management team are in talks with other promotions now into having me fight in the summer. [I took some time off because] I wanted to see where I was at in life. Where I fit in in this whole work that I do, which is fighting, and see what I really, really wanted to do and why I lost the last couple of fights. Just to reevaluate a couple of things and change for the better. [MMA retirement is] not in the cards. I'm still fairly young and I still have some good fights in me."

— Former UFC and Bellator lightweight contender Roger Huerta tells MMAFighting.com that he has officially become a free agent and is shopping his services around to a variety of organization in hopes of returning to action this summer.

MMA Live for March 18, 2010

Roger Huerta joins the show to discuss his recent signing with Bellator Fighting Championships.  Dan Henderson also checks in, about a month before his Strikeforce title fight.  They also offer up a complete preview of UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.

Bellator Signs Roger Huerta


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

CHICAGO, Ill. — Roger Huerta, the top free agent in MMA and one of the sport’s brightest young stars, announced today that he has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships and will compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.

The 26-year-old Huerta (20-3-1) comes to Bellator in the prime of his career after a 3½-year run in the UFC, where he rose to international prominence with wins over top talents like Clay Guida, Leonard Garcia and John Halverson and became the first MMA fighter ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Bellator Expected to Announce Signing of Roger Huerta


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Bellator Fighting Championships’ is expected to announced the signing of former UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta. Huerta will compete in Bellator’s season two eight-man lightweight tournament.

According to MMA Junkie, Bellator has called for a video press conference Monday at 3 PM ET that will stream live at Bellator.com.

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Quick Hits: Huerta Considering UFC Return, Vasquez to Replace Hominick & More


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Despite announcing his intention to focus on his acting career full-time, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is now considering a full-time return to the organization following a split decision loss to Gray Maynard at last week’s UFC Fight Night 19 that fulfilled his latest UFC contract. “I can’t go out with two losses in a row,” Huerts said. “I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon. I’m still open to acting. Hopefully we get something going with that, but I’m not going to prioritize acting now. I’ll still prioritize fighting. If the UFC wants me back, I’d be willing to go back.” [Sherdog.com]

— Seasoned veteran Javier Vasquez has been tapped to replace an injured Mark Hominick against Deividas Taurosevicius in a featherweight bout at WEC 43 on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Hominick will reportedly be sidelined for about a month due to a reoccurring back injury. Vasquez fell in his WEC debut last month, dropping a split decision to L.C. Davis at WEC 42. [MMA Junkie]

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 19: The Main Card


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One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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All Fighters on Weight for UFC Fight Night 19


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 event, which takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Quick Hits: UFC Fight Fight 19, Hague-Duffee, Gomi-Oliveira & More


Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

- Bouts featuring Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard and Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta will headline UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City. The event will act as a lead in to The Ultimate Fighter 10 featuring Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. [UFC.com]

- Keeping with the theme of UFC Fight Night 19, The Ultimate Fighter veterans Nate Quarry and Time Credeur will lock horns in a middleweight affair on the Sept. 16 card. [MMAWeekly.com]

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Report: Sherk vs. Huerta Possible for UFC 97


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Former Sports Illustrated cover boy Roger Huerta could be receiving quite the tough test in his final fight with the UFC for the near future in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk.

According to MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog”, a bout between Huerta and Sherk could be part of the UFC’s next venture up into Canada for UFC 97, which is slated to take place on April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Huerta recently revealed his intention to let the remainder of his current contract with the UFC run out instead of re-signing with the promotion in order to pursue acting and modeling opportunities. The 25-year-old has since stated that he would likely return to professional competition in the future.

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Report: Huerta Inks New Contract With UFC


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Months after bashing the UFC for their skewed pay scale and treatment of fighters, popular lightweight Roger Huerta has reportedly inked a new deal with the organization that will have him featured in five more fights according to MMA Weekly.

Huerta’s comments concerning the organization came in the July issue of FIGHT! Magazine, where he criticized the UFC for failing to pay their fighters enough to cover training expenses and for a measly $50 fee he received after putting in time on a past UFC press tour among other things.

“The truth is, I don’t really care if I fight in the UFC or somewhere else,” Huerta said at the time. “I want to work for a company that is as loyal to me as I am to them.”

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