Roger Huerta Healing Up, Dispels Rumors of Retirement

By Ken Pishna

Roger Huerta at one point in time was the hottest prospect in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division.

He ran his record to 20-1, racking up wins over fighters like Clay Guida, Alberto Crane, and Leonard Garcia. Huerta even became the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated following his battle with Garcia.

His career then took a drastic turn. Mired in a very public squabble over his UFC contract, Huerta dropped his next two UFC bouts, to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard, both of which are now Top 10 ranked fighters. His contract fulfilled, he then left the UFC.

Several months later, he emerged as a marquee signing for the fledgling Bellator Fighting Championships. He won his first bout, but then dropped back-to-back fights to Pat Curran and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez.


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