Report: Sherk vs. Huerta Possible for UFC 97


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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.

“El Matador” most recently fought at UFC 87 in August, dropping an unanimous decision to Kenny Florian. Huerta made waves after his UFC debut in September 2006, winning his first six fights in the organization, including a come-from-behind submission of Clay Guida last December.

Sherk rebounded from a devastating TKO loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 84 and won a decision over a streaking Tyson Griffin at UFC 90 this past October. Prior to the loss against Penn, the Minnesota native had won three straight fights in the UFC, including a five-round decision over Florian to win the UFC lightweight title and a successful defense against Hermes Franca in his very next fight.

“The Muscle Shark” was stripped of his UFC lightweight title in the fall of 2007 after testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. Sherk fought the ruling, but was only able to have his suspension reduced rather than completely cleared.

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