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Roger Huerta Says It’ll ‘Kill His Career’ If He Loses to Eddie Alvarez


(You think Huerta’s had it rough over the last couple years, imagine how this guy feels. PicProps: ImageShack)

It’s hard not to feel a little bit bad for Bellator this month. Here the upstart promotion is about to stage the biggest fight of its short history when Roger Huerta takes on Eddie Alvarez next Thursday and it seems like nobody even cares. Part of that is just sheer bad luck, what with Brock Lesnar and his magnificent new beard gobbling up the headlines prior to his title defense against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 two days later. Some of it has to be thrown at Bellator’s feet too, since this bout would certainly be garnering some more attention if it weren’t a weirdo nontitle affair. Then there’s Huerta who, after losing three of his last four, is putting waaay too much pressure on himself this week. 

“I feel like if Eddie wins, he ends up killing my career,” Huerta told Sherdog Radio on Monday. “I can’t take another loss. This is really personal for me. This is my life.”


Oh man, not sure Huerta is taking the right mental approach to this thing. Considering that the only meaningful fight “El Matador” has won in the last couple of years was outside a Texas night club, it might be healthier for him to look at this as one of those, “Whatever happens, I’ll be happy knowing I gave it my all” type situations. Especially since he’s facing Alvarez, a guy who’s been a straight up killer in all but a couple of his professional appearances.

Things haven’t exactly been going Huerta’s way since gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated after UFC 69 seemed to embolden him a bit more than the overlords at Zuffa would’ve liked. He basically signed his own death warrant with the UFC by going public with his displeasure about the company’s pay scale and expressing an interest in the movie business. That shit don’t fly in Dana’s world, just ask Todd Duffee. Especially after the UFC realized it could throw the weight of its promotion to the Hispanic community behind Velasquez.

“I’ve been really in a slump where it’s been kind of up and down, up and down. Like where I’m at in life, what things mean to me in life,” Huerta said. “It’s been more than just competing and fighting, (but) I think I’m over that now.”

We’ll see. After a year-long absence and two punishment fights against Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard signaled the end of his stint in the Octagon, here’s where Huerta is at: Seemingly ready to pronounce his own career "dead" if he can’t pull what would amount to a pretty huge upset over Alvarez. That seems pretty bleak, but it’s not stopping Huerta from somehow looking on the bright side.   
“(This fight is) a dream come true for me, to be honest,” Huerta said. “I’m going in there to finish him. I’m not going in there to play patty cake or to fight a technical fight. I’m coming in to fight … I’m telling you this right now: I’m not holding anything back. From the moment they say go, we touch gloves — it’s going to be on.”

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Hank Mardukis- October 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Does that douchebag in the pic have the same fucking tats as Huerta? Tribal tats are lame as fuck anyway, but that's just straight retarded. God, I hate my generation...
Ballkick- October 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Roger
In the wise words of my Favorite Stockton Thespian:
"Don't be scared Homie"
RwilsonR- October 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Is that the original OB&I? Where have you been?
RwilsonR- October 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Roger Huerta should have thought more about his career before he piped off about the UFC making him do press events and not even paying him. The stupid jackass never realized that he was increasing his own worth by doing press, and the UFC was trying to make him into their hispanic poster boy.

Also, I don't know how the comments turned towards the Arianny thing from a few days back, but I thought CagePotato should have been well within their journalistic rights to publish those photos. That was a major news event, and kudos to CP for standing up for journalisitc rights and publishing those photos before they were censored. The people have a right to see Arianny's titties, and not have to pay $5.95 for the issue to do so!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- October 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm
@ El Guapo

CANADA!

....America's hat.
Promise of Stress- October 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm
^^ I doubted the legality of posting those pics on here as soon as I saw them. Plus there is nothing asking if we are 18 or older when entering the site so I cant imagine break was too stoked. But hell there are more disturbing things in the comment section than arianny's ties.

EX: some one put the link to lemonparty.org in a comment as a mma website.

- - that was fucked up.
El Guapo- October 13, 2010 at 11:58 am
^Thanks alot, CagePotato. You insensitive assholes!

Arianny, if you're reading this, I only log on here to learn aboot Canada. It's the country North of the U.S. Anyway, you are SO beautiful... to me. Can't you seeee?
PortlandMMA- October 13, 2010 at 11:04 am
I found this on BE, so what is going on with this?

"Thanks to a lame mma site 4 ruining it for my fans. Prepare for a cease and desist letter from @ufc @playboy and my attorney. What a shame." -Arianny Celeste, the original tweet before this one, said "thanks to cagepotato", which is how I actually found those leaked images in the first place. Thanks!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- October 13, 2010 at 10:58 am
See ya there, GrimJack.

Perdew is lining me up with some tickets

....provided he didn't blow the cash on mustache wax.

I love Huerta, but there is no way in the world that Alverez is gonna drop a fight 3 miles from where he's lived his whole life.
Almost North- October 13, 2010 at 10:48 am
Couldn't agree more that this is the wrong mentality. Roger Huerta over his career by second round TKO.
Negativecreep0- October 13, 2010 at 10:46 am
that guys face..... I just ..... want .. need..... to draw it
SnallTrippin- October 13, 2010 at 10:40 am
Someone tell him that Alvarez just beat two women back stage before the fight.
GrimJack- October 13, 2010 at 10:37 am
See you ring side!!!
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