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Leonard Garcia Advises Huerta to Shut the Hell Up

(A man who knows the value of the right to remain silent.)

Perhaps you’ve noticed that ever since he opened his yap to complain about the UFC and money to Fight! Magazine, Roger Huerta has practically disappeared. He lost his faux-number one contender bout to Kenny Florian at UFC 87, and subsequent rebroadcasts of that event on Spike TV have had that bout removed altogether. It’s enough to make you wonder, did Roger Huerta really exist, or did we all just imagine him?

Okay, I checked on the internet and he really does exist, he’s just vanished from the UFC’s PR radar after taking his gripes public. Former foe and current WEC fighter Leonard Garcia tells MMA Rated that Huerta has no one but himself to blame:

“I think everybody writes their own ticket,” Garcia said. “The only thing I can say is don’t ever start to believe what people say about you. That’s the number one thing for me. The simple fact of the matter is that we are getting paid to do what we love. Don’t go out there and try to reach for the stars too soon.

“Any young fighters coming up, if you’re listening, don’t make that mistake (of talking about how unhappy you are to the media),” Garcia said. “You know who holds the cards: The people who are holding the shows, they call the shots and all you are there to do is fight.

“I don’t blame Roger for doing what he did. He tried to take a bullet for everybody out as far as asking for more money and doing stuff,” Garcia added. “(But) you should never talk about your boss or don’t bite the hand the feed you.”

Garcia could also have added to that list of things young fighters should not do, ‘hanging out with drug traffickers.’ Fortunately he found his way out of that situation, but as long as we’re giving advice we might as well cover all the bases.

Seriously though, Garcia’s point is a good one. Any of you young fighters out there (I assume you all get together and read Cage Potato in between training sessions), if somehow you’ve missed this up until now, allow me to spell it out for you. If you want to stay in the UFC:

1) Don’t complain publicly about how much money you’re making.
2) Don’t criticize other fighters who are more well-known or well-liked than you.
3) Don’t change your name to War Machine.

That last one pretty much applies to everyone.

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tpark- November 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm
However Machine of War is still a name option
Imbecile- November 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm
@ kazanski

I was going to write a nice post about this, but you said it all. Nice work!
the glza- November 3, 2008 at 1:02 pm
i have loved this kid's heart and desire to win ever since that EPIC battle between him and huerta. i still consider it one of the best fights i've ever seen even though garcia's technique was sorely lacking... his massive heart more than made up for the lack of creativity.

i think he's right, and i think huerta will agree with him. it's not a matter of stfu, it's a matter of realizing that you're pissing off the management with your hubris, quit being arrogant and be the awesome fighter that you can be. hopefully this episode will make huerta a more focused fighter.
Dakyn- November 3, 2008 at 5:12 am
Shocking spin in the headline there... Garcia didn't tell Huerta to shut the hell up at all. Might be worth mentioning that Garcia helped Heurta prepare/train for his Florian fight.
Earl- November 3, 2008 at 2:34 am
I like Garcia. Anybody who smiles through an entire fight is entertaining in my book.

John Kimble FTW.
Kim Couture is a cunt- November 3, 2008 at 2:08 am
Well........Huerta is a fucking crybaby, and Garcia is the tits. Huerta, funniest thing ever is well that pretty boy faggot called out BJ, ROFLMAO, ya okay prick, shut your mouth already.
over 9000- November 3, 2008 at 1:11 am
Garcia is right on. Huerta is a fucking ungrateful brat to not realize how good he has it, and how much the UFC has been pimping him and pumping him up for the fans. He seems to be such a brat that I doubt he's learning anything from this freeze-out though.
John Kimble- November 2, 2008 at 11:35 pm
Dear Ben(s)

I am an avid reader, and i enjoy your blog. Many have asked me why would i read a blog that doesn't cover as much as say sherdog, yahoo sports etc. I thought long on this issue, and the answer lies in this article here.

Any writer who can take a perfectly legitimate subject under the blue sky of MMA and find a way to bash a completely unrelated War Machine deserves my attention, nay, the attention of all readers.

War Machine is a tool. And, while i may be a natural 205er, i can only hope that someday i lose a million pounds and run into him on the amateur circuit. So i can punch him once, just once, and tell him it's because he changed his name to War Machine. And Nobody likes him. And because he's a tool. Ok, so that's a lot of punches, but i'll train hard for the moment, so i can savor it forever.

Your Adoring Fan,
Detective John Kimble.
It's not a tumor~!
Hulk Smash- November 2, 2008 at 11:35 pm
While I have to agree with him, it is a bit like the teapot calling the kettle black. I was never too impressed with Huerta to begin with. That whole spiel an the countdown made for good drama and little else.

The problem is these prima-donnas believing their own hype and forgetting who makes the decisions. The day any fighter calls out Dana White, they sealed their fate. Just ask Couture.

He had way more stroke than Huerta and he lost going head to head with Dana. Fuck with the bull, don't be surprised when and where you get the horn.
Shawn- November 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm
That's the funny thing about the hype machine: eventually the guy inside it starts to believe it's all real. Huerta is a talented fighter; there's no doubt about that. But the UFC pushed him as the next coming of Christ despite the fact that the only top fighter he beat was Clay Guida - and that was only after Guida kicked his ass for 2.5 rounds.

First MMA fighter to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated? I think that might have been a little too much too soon.
Matt Hughes- November 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm
Don't worry about either of these guys because as soon as McCain is voted into office they will both be deported along with there families back to Mexico and St. FuckMyAssHole will have to leave the country to marry his boyfriend. All the countries problems will be solved and I'll be free to shoot my guns everywhere and fuck my wife missionary position every day (except for the lords day of course).


P.S. Granted Serra doesn't kill me first
god- November 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm
well said leonard, i hope you do well in your next fight, fuck huerta x2
kazanski- November 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm
I love this kid. Who would have thought a coke mule would be the one to tell douches like huerta to shut there pie holes.

I am glad little tito's PR has been cut off.
St. FuckMyAssHole- November 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm
Fuck Huerta.

go to the Affliction / Golden Boy Chicamunists. fucking wedders.
shizznitt- November 2, 2008 at 9:29 pm
rofl at war machine