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Roger Huerta Wants the World, Chico, and Everything In It


(“Where’s the money, bitch? I want my money!”)

We’ve already gone over how Roger Huerta feels underloved and underpaid. But we haven’t gotten any sense of what El Matador thinks he’s actually worth — until now. From WrestlingObserver.com via MMA Mania:

Huerta, who has one fight left on his contact after the Florian fight, is far apart with UFC on terms for a renewal. Huerta, who has gotten a new agent, was asking for six-figures guaranteed per fight as well as points on the PPV, in negotiations that haven’t gone well for some time. That’s a better deal then [BJ] Penn, so he wasn’t going to get it. The UFC position is that they groomed Huerta and pushed him hard and were careful of his opponents, with the exception of Clay Guida

OMFG. Six figures is a ballsy request for someone who’s four days away from being sent back to the middle of the UFC’s lightweight ladder. (Remember, he’s currently making $19,000 to show and $19,000 to win.) But asking for points on the pay-per-view take is straight-up delusional. All of a sudden, beating Clay Guida puts you into the Chuck/Tito/Randy level of compensation?

Not only does Huerta seem to have an over-inflated sense of his value — which is troubling enough as it is — but his demands could easily sink his chances of fighting for the lightweight championship. It’s the UFC’s policy to not allow title shots to fighters unless they sign contract extensions, and if the two sides can’t meet in the middle, he’ll be given the Arlovski treatment — a long, involuntary hiatus, a meaningless final match on an undercard, and a “goodbye” without the common courtesy of a “good luck.” So if he manages to get past Florian at “Seek and Destroy,” he’ll need to make nice if he wants a crack at the belt.

Or, he could just wait it out and join up with Affliction, where they literally sneeze at $100,000 base salaries. $100,000 is what they spent on shrimp cocktail for Tim Sylvia‘s dressing room at “Banned.” And goddamn if he didn’t eat all of it.

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Anonymous- December 4, 2008 at 10:33 am
Have you been put what my boy has been through???....I didnt think so!..
DumbNagger- August 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm
dumb beaner
Nelson- August 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm
I say give Huerta the points on PPV, but keep him on the UFN cards... or move him to the WEC.
Billy Bad Ass- August 6, 2008 at 12:15 pm
It's always Brandon Vera's fault. Horrible tattooed loser.
goo- August 6, 2008 at 9:48 am
This is all Brandon Vera's fault.
turdburglar- August 6, 2008 at 6:16 am
Huerta is sooo fucking over hyped.
His fight with ken-flow will humble him right up.
turdburglar- August 6, 2008 at 4:55 am
Huerta is waaaay over hyped. Maybe he'll be humbled when ken-flow finishes him. Because ken-flow finishes fights.
Stevia Bitch- August 6, 2008 at 4:12 am
I'm almost as excited for this fight as I am for the Quinn vs Huckaba fight.
Kim Couture is a cunt- August 6, 2008 at 3:24 am
Nice article BTW Ben. Hilarious.
Kim Couture is a cunt- August 6, 2008 at 3:23 am
I fuckin hate this kid. Send him to Affliction with the rest of the rejects (Aside from a few select heavywieghts)
The Truth- August 6, 2008 at 2:40 am
Props on the shrimp joke, made me laugh out loud
Cutthroat- August 5, 2008 at 9:48 pm
Ben, I love your writing bro. Yous a funny mutha fucker. I look forward to seeing a new article in my RSS feeds from you everyday, you make even boring news fun to read.

Keep up the good work.
lol- August 5, 2008 at 9:04 pm
money grubbin whoreeeeeeeee.......jk. but seroisly your not worth 6 figures so dont kid yourself.
fightfan- August 5, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Although he will NEVER get anything close to what Huerta is asking for him....PROPS to him for having the balls to go for it.

The UFC wants to "groom" fighters like him and Bisping and continually give them easy fight after easy fight after easy fight. But when they want an increase for beating 6 or 7 cans, what does the UFC expect??? Sure the UFC admitted that they are grooming him. I cant wait for Bisping to ask for a big pay jump, and FINALLY hear from the UFC ITSELF how they been "grooming" him to for the purpose of money and marketing ALONE!!! I cant wait to hear Dana White call Bisping a moron who fought the easy schedule of fights available just to help the UFC break into the UK!!!
Cliff Huxtable- August 5, 2008 at 8:32 pm
I'm going to have to disagree with my friend "douchebaggery" here on this one. There's a reason why he's being groomed. Its because he's a great ambassador for the sport to a HUGE hispanic market. He actually has personality and charisma, which sell fights (and PPVs). Why do you think Affliction is going after Tito Ortiz for big bucks. He sells PPVs and he's a draw. Look at Tim Sylvia and Fedor. Tim has fought top competition and was ranked in the top 3 heavyweights for a long time. Fedor is arguably the pound-for-pound greatest fighter of all time and still they aren't as compelling as Tito (to Affliction).

So give Roger his due. I personally think he has shown that he is a strong fighter, but he's also a great personality that the UFC should really try to hold on to.
douchebaggery- August 5, 2008 at 7:42 pm
this kids a brainwashed idiot if he leaves the UFC after this fight. yeah he can make "quick money" somewhere else but he could be a huge star in the UFC. make himself a brand like CHuck Liddell and be set for life. his manager and others are not doing what is best for him in the long run. the opportunities and exposure you get by succeeding in the UFC is hard to equate into dollars but you gotta parlay into other things.

managers know that clients come and go, you gotta milk them asap. Huerta bought a few suits, attends a few bs business classes, and thinks he's a business man now. what a fool
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