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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Roger Huerta’s Official Freeze-Out Begins

Roger Huerta’s Official Freeze-Out Begins

(As if this wasn’t humiliating enough.)
Did anybody watch the replay of UFC 87 on Spike last night? If you did, you might have noticed there was something missing. As the eternally vigilant Mike C. at MMAEruption explains:
The fight between Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian. Weird, huh? That was the third most-hyped fight at the event, and it does not make it onto the broadcast over stuff like Maia/Mcdonald and McFedries/Massenzio, the latter of which was actually from Ultimate Fight Night 15!

[N]othing pisses [Dana White] off more than when his fighters talk about money in public. And if you recall, shortly before UFC 87, Roger Huerta was interviewed by Fight! magazine, complaining quite a bit about the UFC’s compensation policies and his contract. Plus, if we look back at the original UFC 87 broadcast, Roger’s post-fight interview wasn’t broadcast. And now, the match between Roger and Kenny doesn’t even make it onto the replay? True, the fight wasn’t exactly the barn burner it was expected to be, but come on! Kenny and Roger are big names for the UFC.
So we can stick the proverbial fork in Roger Huerta, because he’s done. He is about to get the Andrei Arlovski treatment. Expect Roger’s next fight to be on the undercard of an Ultimate Fight Night against a wrestler that will hold him down and make him look bad for three rounds.
UFC 87’s three headlining fights (Huerta/Florian, Lesnar/Herring, GSP/Fitch) all went to decision, and while that may have created some time constraints for Spike, you can’t see this as anything but an intentional insult for Huerta — especially when his match is replaced by some random bout from an Ultimate Fight Night. We’ll keep you updated on when/where Huerta’s next match will be, but it’s looking like he’s being made an example of right now. Cold-blooded, bro…


I DVRed UFC 87 last night because I did not watch the event at home when it came on live and I did notice it was only 2 and half hours long. I thought that was weird but I thought maybe they just edited it down and streamlined the event- guess not.

Dana and the UFC does play hardball with the guys who don't resign and especially speak out like Huerta did but damn this is putting the screws to Roger.

I am curious to see how this actually plays out and if Huerta will stay with the UFC or move to a different org.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 11:52 AM
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wow thats ****ed up... how many fights he has left?
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The only fighter I have felt the UFC truly did dirty was Arlovski. He didn't run his mouth from what I recall. Roger Huerta was a bitch in his negative interview. He didn't just say pay was low, he bitched about the little things which is why I as a UFC fan know that they get 50 dollars a day when doing press for the UFC. Little things like that.

Too bad the fighters are treated unfairly....wish they could simply go to the press and run down their boss and the company like all of us can. Think I will wear a little ribbon on my shirt today honoring the fighters silent plight. LOL

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They didn't really dirty Arlovski did they?

I thought they just put him on the undercard cos it was the last fight on his contract and he was stalling over a new deal. It wouldn't make sense to give him the chance to beat one of their big name fighters and then go to another org.
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Originally Posted by Bazza89 View Post
They didn't really dirty Arlovski did they?

I thought they just put him on the undercard cos it was the last fight on his contract and he was stalling over a new deal. It wouldn't make sense to give him the chance to beat one of their big name fighters and then go to another org.
Oh yeah what you say is correct. The UFC didn't do anything illegal to Arlovski so there is alot of room for opinion on if he was treated poorly. In Arlovski's case, he was withholding from resigning because he wanted more money. He was very humble in the press and complimentary of the UFC. I don't know how much money he wanted but I can't imagine it was so much that Dana needed to cool Arlovski's reputation off with an untelevised fight against Obrien after having dispensed of Werdum, a fighter many fans are now rallying behind as the "forgotten fighter" of the 4 many HW tourney.

Arlovski conducted himself like a complete professional and now he's getting paid twice as much as rookie Brock Lesnar and Fedor's next. I dunno if these guys that are running their mouth's against the company realize that every company, not just the UFC evaluates that shit.

And for those that think the UFC is the only "communistic" company, look what happened when KJ Noontz and his agent started running down Elite XC.

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arlovski wanted more money but the UFC didnt want to give him what he wanted and on top of that wanted to give him some riddiculously long contract. Arlovski attempted to play ball but they werent having it. Then they kept him from fighting till they could negotiate a deal. Finally Arlovski and his management said negotiations were over and he would begin negotiations again when his contract was over. The UFC held him off until they couldnt any more and finally gave him his last fight and he was released from his contract.

Arlovski was a class act during the whole thing and never said anything in public and was a true champ about it. When he was released a bidding war errupted for arlovski and he got his in the end. Affliction UFC and Elite XC were going crazy for his contract and Affliction gave him what he wanted so he sighned with them. It was a good move. He has been getting good fights ever since and great pay. he is doing good.

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Well Arlovski had to wait over 10 months for his last contracted fight with the UFC to finally get booked as they were trying to get him to resign during that time, he didn't so he ended up having a meaningless last fight with the UFC, it didn't even make the PPV. They handled it better with Tim Sylvia as they knew he would not resign so they just let him go even though he had a fight left on his contract. Will they do that with Huerta if they know he's out the door?

I wonder what the rule is on how long the UFC can freeze out a guy. Like if Huerta has one fight left on his deal, can they just wait 1 year or more until they give him that final fight? It's pretty tough on a fighter to wait that long as fighting is how they pay the bills. That's a pretty dirty tactic the UFC could use to make guys resign with them.
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Interesting point, but it does make sense. There's been no press on him. Certainly made to look as an example that he's "replaceable" and someone else would gladly step up. It's too bad though I enjoyed watching all of Huerta's fights. He's gotta humble up and continue doing what he does best. We all know what happens if you piss them off or go against the organization; Couture, Ortiz, Lutter, Kongo (mutual), Arloski, etc. Remember the latter was being paid quarter million to fight on an undercard. Go figure...
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can keep him out for a year i believe. that was what everyone was saying about andrei.

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