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Old 11-26-2009, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Huerta Enters Free Agency

Huerta Enters Free Agency



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
by Loretta Hunt (lhunt@sherdog.com)


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Roger Huerta is back on the market.

The UFC lightweight has entered into the matching period of his recently completed contract with the promotion, allowing the fighter’s management to field offers outside the UFC.

“We’re free to negotiate with other organizations now, but the UFC has the right to match (any offer),” Huerta’s manager, Jeff Clark, of NCFC Management told Sherdog.com on Monday.

Standard UFC contracts include a clause that allows the promotion to match any offer made by a rival promotion for up to one year.

When asked if he and the fighter had started negotiations with the UFC, Strikeforce, and other promotions, Clark answered that, “we’ve had a lot of interest from different parties.” Clark would not elaborate further.

Huerta passed on a five-fight renewal contract with the UFC last January to pursue a second career in acting. The 26-year-old fighter completed the last fight on his contract at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16, where he lost a split decision to Gray Maynard.

However, Huerta said recent back-to-back losses to Kenny Florian and Maynard in the Octagon revived his passion for the sport and that he’d like to fight again in February or March.

The lightweight fighter, who comes from Salvadoran and Mexican descent, was marketed heavily to the UFC’s burgeoning Hispanic market in the last few years. The UFC continues to make in-roads there, and hopes to hold its first event in Mexico City this year.

If Huerta returns to the UFC, the lightweight said he’d continue his pursuit for the division’s title, held by B.J. Penn.

“I think two good fights would put me back in the mix for title contention,” he said. “I think my two losses came to two really good guys and they were both by decision, the last one being a split decision that could have gone either way. Kenny became the number-one contender and Gray could easily become that as well.”

Strikeforce, which drew an average 4 million viewers during its first CBS “Saturday Night Fights” broadcast on Nov. 7, is building its rosters for 2010. The promotion plans to hold up to 24 events between its two broadcast deals with CBS and premium pay channel Showtime.

“I recently saw, actually, that fight with Fedor (Emelianenko) vs. (Brett) Rogers and the show looked amazing,” said Huerta, who is 6-2 in the UFC. “The fights looked great. There’s a lot of great fights in that show.”

Huerta, who was the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2007, believes he’d fare well in Strikeforce’s 155-pound ranks.

“It would be up to them,” said Huerta, “but I’d definitely like to fight a top-caliber fighter like (Shinya) Aoki, (interim champion Gilbert) Melendez, or (champion Josh) Thomson. Obviously, I’d have to earn my stripes in that organization, if I went there, but any of those fights would be amazing.”

Huerta said Bellator Fighting Championships, the Hispanic-driven promotion that returns in April with a live broadcast deal on FOX Sports Network, could also be another option.

Meanwhile, Huerta will visit Phuket, Thailand in December with coach and former UFC champion Dave Menne to study at the Tiger Muay Thai gym for three weeks.

Huerta re-located to Austin, Texas earlier this year and has preliminary plans to open a gym in the area.

And then there’s the question of when and where he’ll fight next. Huerta said he defers that decision to his management.

“That’s up to Jeff Clark,” said Huerta. “Wherever’s going to be the best fit for me in the organization, that’s where I’ll head.”
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Man I think Huerta is digging himself a hole with the UFC and think he assumes his stock is higher than it might really be.

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Old 11-26-2009, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont wanna see him go outside the UFC and face a bunch of second rate lightweights. Thomson is decent, Aoki has a decent ground game but wont be getting the same special treatment in the United States that he gets in Japan (ya know, keeping his fights on the ground while doing nothing without ever being stood up), Melendez is kinda hit and miss. The UFC does not need Huerta, that division is seriously stacked with three guys behind deigo that are pretty close to a title shot in Maynard, Edgar, and Griffin plus a ton of other guys that are already working there way up. I hope he resigns with the UFC, but for some reason i think he will end up in Strikeforce.
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I'll watch him, no matter the promotion.
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my peoples!!! obv the UFC needs to do what it can to re-sign him without going over board. He has so much potential if he dedicated himself fully to MMA and stopped doing side projects, but im not sure thats what he wants to do.

His natural handspeed and really long punching combos are something to see imo, altho he gets real sloppy with it at times, not many guys can match.

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my peoples!!! obv the UFC needs to do what it can to re-sign him without going over board. He has so much potential if he dedicated himself fully to MMA and stopped doing side projects, but im not sure thats what he wants to do.

His natural handspeed and really long punching combos are something to see imo, altho he gets real sloppy with it at times, not many guys can match.

Plus he has heart, but that's a given for my peoples
I bet the UFC will actually do a lot to keep him, they have been talkng about expanding into mexico so im sure talented fighters like Cain and Huerta will become very valuable commodities to them if they are planning on moving forward with that.
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Huerta is a warrior. I wanna see him fight the best.
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UFC better sign him up because if they dont that just proves that they dont wanna give the fighters the money they deserve. he is a warrior and exciting to watch, UFC needs more people like this who dedicate themselves like this, there has been so many people gassing in the 1st and 2nd round as of late...
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I'd be amazed if the UFC passed on a chance to resign Huerta. His intensity, even when he's still, is amazing.
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I bet the UFC will actually do a lot to keep him, they have been talkng about expanding into mexico so im sure talented fighters like Cain and Huerta will become very valuable commodities to them if they are planning on moving forward with that.
I really hope so, if there is an influx of mexican fighters i think it would be good for the sport, history has shown Mexican fighters flat out go to war and are some of the toughest SOBs out there, if more ppl in Mexico focused on MMA instead of boxing i think there could be a latino renaisse in combat sports

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Dont know why he is giving the big talk like he is fielding off offers from left, right and centre. The fact that he even refers to himself as "free agent" is a sign the ufc arent interested in him anymore..And to be honest who can really blame them..He was a guy that had the equivalent of a 'push' (pro wrestling lingo) and was given fights against cans that arent even around now..Somewhere down the line he started to believe he was better than he is..And wanted headliner type money...
Going to media outlets and bitching about pay then bailing on the company because you dont want to get your moviestar looks wrecked is just not a sign of a loyal employee you can get behind..If huerta had any sense he will sign with strikeforce/DREAM with their unrestricted contracts which will give him all the free time to moonlight as an actor..
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