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]
L.C. Davis. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A featherweight bout between Javier Vasquez and L.C. Davis that was previously scheduled for this weekend’s cancelled Affliction show has reportedly been moved to WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
According to Sherdog.com, World Extreme Cagefighting signed both fighters earlier this week. The bout will take place as part of a seven-fight undercard.
Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Upstart boxing promotion Prize Fight Promotions has teamed up with local Mississippi mixed martial arts promoters Fight Force International to put on quite the MMA event in Biloxi, Mississippi on June 27. The show will be headlined by an intriguing (to say the least) heavyweight bout between former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and PRIDE and K-1 veteran Bob Sapp.
There are plenty of other notable bouts on the card as well. Dangerous strikers Gilbert Yvel and Pedro Rizzo will clash following their respective losses to Josh Barnett in recent Affliction show in the co-main event. Din Thomas will take on fellow longtime veteran Javier Vasquez, who is coming out of a temporary retirement, in a featherweight bout, and former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki will face William Sriyapai.
Even Affliction VP Tom Atencio is on the card. (For those who are unaware, Atencio already has a pro fight under his belt. He earned a decision over David Martinez at Total Combat 7 in January 2005)
The current lineup for the event is below. Not all of the fights have been officially signed as of yet and more details regarding the event are expected to come at a press conference in Biloxi in two weeks. The event will be televised on IN DEMAND and Direct TV PPV.
Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbery Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahan
Javier Vasquez. Snapshot courtesy of ProElite.com.
Update 9:24 PM: EliteXC’s attempt to lure Vasquez out of retirement apparently was unsuccessful as the promotion has tapped Marlon Matias to serve as a replacement opponent for Douglas in Saturday night’s scheduled swing bout. Matias was defeated in his only EliteXC bout to date - a unanimous decision loss to Conor Heun at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in March.
EliteXC officials are reportedly attempting to lure longtime veteran Javier “Showtime” Vasquez to replace an injured Malaipet Sitprapom in a planned swing bout against David Douglas that would air, time-permitting, on the CBS broadcast of this weekend’s “Unfinished Business” show.
The news comes from Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain. No indication has been made as of yet concerning a decision by EliteXC or Vasquez. The 31-year-old King of the Cage veteran announced his retirement last year after two successful comeback appearances under the EliteXC banner. Vasquez has been working part-time with Sherdog.com.
In other EliteXC news, Caplan is also reporting through the management team of Dave Herman that the undefeated light heavyweight prospect is expected to return to action at a planned ShoXC event on September 26th. A potential opponent for Herman currently remains unknown.
Herman last stopped veteran Ron Waterman with strikes at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in June. Prior to that, he earned a third-round TKO of American Top Team product Mario Rinaldi in February. Herman was reportedly in line to challenge Antonio Silva for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title this weekend but prior commitments prevented him from accepting the title shot.
Last night Shooto veteran Javier “Showtime” Vazquez shocked fans on hand to witness ShoXC: “Elite Challenger Series” when he announced his retirement following his quick submission victory over JC Pennington. Vazquez stated that he felt like MMA had become a job and that he’d be better suited continuing his MMA career as a coach.
“I’ve had my ups and downs in this sport,” said Vazquez, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who is building a new gym in his hometown. “I have a family now, I have a wife … and I’m better suited right now as a coach than I am as a fighter.”
“It’s just that time. I think when this sport feels like it’s your job, like you’re clocking in, it’s time to go,” declared Vazquez as he wiped tears from his face.
Vazquez spent nearly four years watching the sport evolve from the sidelines before making his return to MMA earlier this year at EliteXC: Destiny. Vazquez was successful in his return bout defeating Adriano Pereira. Vazquez leaves the sport with a professional MMA record of 12-2-0.