Roger Huerta weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Lightweight phenom Roger Huerta, who opened many eyes after maintaining a busy schedule last year that included five straight wins, will likely return to action when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Minnesota for UFC 87.
The news comes from Ryan McKinnell of MMA Madness.
Huerta, who currently trains out Minnesota, gained instant fame in 2007 when he became the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. He capitalized over a debut win over Jason Dent with five wins in as many fights last year, closing things out with an impressive stoppage of Clay Guida in December.
The 24-year-old recently announced his intention to take a break from active competition in order to let his body heal and take care of lingering injuries. He is now expected to fight once again in August against an opponent yet to be announced.
Word of Huerta’s return to action comes two days after fellow lightweight contender Kenny Florian, fresh off of a victory over Joe Lauzon Wednesday night, revealed his desire to fight Huerta in the near future.
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“One fight I think that could be a blockbuster fight in the lightweight division is me and Roger Huerta,” Florian said. “I think that’s an incredibly marketable fight, a fight that could be the hottest fight right now in the lightweight division.”
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.