Report: Florian-Huerta Likely for UFC in August


Roger Huerta weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A heavily rumored bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian seems to be very likely to take place when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Minnesota for the first time in the promotion’s history in August.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which reports through sources close to both fighters that bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed.

Since losing an unanimous decision to former lightweight champion Sean Sherk close to two years ago, Florian has propelled himself right back into title contention with four straight wins. Most recently, Florian stopped fellow Boston native Joe Lauzon with strikes at UFC Fight Night 13 earlier this month.

Huerta, who last year became the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, has won his first six bouts inside the confines of the UFC. He last submitted fellow exciting lightweight Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December and is currently on a hiatus from fighting while he finishes college.

Florian first revealed his desire to fight Huerta following his win over Lauzon just weeks ago, stating that it was the one fight in the UFC’s lightweight division that made the most sense at the moment. Huerta concurred in recent interviews and it now looks like the winner of the bout may be on the fast track to a shot at the winner of next month’s championship showdown between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk.

UFC 87 is also expected to feature a heavyweight showdown between former professional and collegiate standout wrestler Brock Lesnar and UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman, who was the first UFC heavyweight champion in history.

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