Remember Roger Huerta? Mexican guy, lightweight, used to bang a lot of hot chicks? "El Matador," as he was known, hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision loss to Kenny Florian last August, due to a falling out with the UFC over a perceived lack of respect and a desire to pursue acting and modeling. (How’s that going, by the way?) Though a previous rumor that he was going to finish out his contract against Sean Sherk at UFC 97 turned out to be nothin’ but wind-piss, the word on the street now is that he’ll be facing undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19 (September 16th, Oklahoma City).
MMAJunkie has confirmed a Sherdog report saying both fighters have agreed to the match, and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly; Junkie adds that the match could also be moved to UFC 103, which takes place just three days later in Dallas. Though Gray Maynard hasn’t finished a fight since his nine-second KO of Joe Veres in September ’07, he’s wrestled his way to unanimous decision victories over Dennis Siver, Frankie Edgar, Rich Clementi, and Jim Miller, and now finds himself in the UFC’s lightweight title picture. He’s the kind of guy you put against someone as punishment for not playing ball. (See also: Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz.) My money’s on Maynard, though if Huerta can pull out a win, it’ll be interesting to see if the UFC tries to bury the hatchet with their Hispanic golden boy — or if the acting bug has bitten Huerta just too damn hard.