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Update: Roger Huerta to Spend His Last 15 Minutes in the UFC Being Smothered by Gray Maynard

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.

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ArmFarmer- June 26, 2009 at 8:26 am

Thank you for saving me a lot of typing. Dude has one good win on his record and he was getting his ass handed to him for 90% of the fight. He owes Guida a thank you for continuing to fight like he was behind on the scorecards when he had an easy win to take.

I doubt Huerta is even going to have his head in this fight. The dude wouldn't be half the fighter he is if it wasn't for that never lose never give up attitude, but I would bet that it's gone now. I think Kenny broke him. He's going to be thinking more about his next movie gig than his next fight I wouldn't be surprised if he was just going through the motions to finish out his contract and be done with it. Roger has a snowballs chance at beating Maynard wait and see.

Seriously I had no idea this many people bought into the Huerta hype.. I thought it was common knowledge that he was being hand picked opponents to make him look good and bring in naive hispanic fans that didn't know any better... right?
Chri534.- June 26, 2009 at 12:11 am
Hahahaha. I just skimmed the comments and I think it's hilarious that people think Huerta is actually good. He's never beaten anyone that is any good. What, you think his decision win over Jason Dent was impressive? His decision win over Leonard Garcia (before he subsequently dropped to a lower weight class, but not before losing to Cole Miller) was impressive? Getting his ass kicked by "The Energizer Blanket" for two rounds and getting a lucky knee (yeah, I do not think Guida is very good...just good at stalling out for a decision) was impressive?

He was outclassed by Florian and it would have been done in the first round if he hadn't been so damn (suspiciously) slippery. I hope there is any kind of decent betting line on this for Maynard (who I think is solid, but far from title contention at this point), because Huerta will surely lose.

Please. One of you fuckers explain to me why you think Huerta is good without saying something along the lines of, "He has so much heart, he showed it against Guida"...yippity yap, yippity yap. Even if you use that as your point, all you're saying is that Huerta got his ass kicked and hung around long enough to catch a good knee (I said lucky above to describe the opportunity that was presented to him, not that he landed something in a desperate spinning backfist fashion) to an extremely overzealous fighter (who is a gatekeeper at best) trying to put on a show in the 3rd round.

Please, somebody please, explain to me how Huerta has shown any reason to believe that he will be able to beat Maynard.
Miles- June 25, 2009 at 10:07 pm
huerta is one of my favorite fighters. a lot of heart, great stand up, and good ground defense.. this will be a good fight

i hope he wins so he wont leave the ufc
fishin-addict- June 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm
I hope Roger Kicks him in the face for The K.O.!!!!!
The Lizardking05- June 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm
purple pickle that comment was an instant fucking classic for me!!! and im a huerta fan... dude can fight.... would be glad for him to get another W
lilgary- June 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm
GRAY, if by some completely random chance you are reading this, PLEASE kick the living shit out of Huerta. Please make his entire face look like one of Hendo's ears. Thank you.
NECROPHYTE- June 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm
@ Jay Smith
I hope he wins and doesn't puss out to modeling and continues to fight in the UFC.
Jay Smith- June 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm
Yeah, but there are talks of Huerta not excepting another contract so he can pursue other interests (modeling and acting). I for one hope it ain't so cause, the dude can bang!
ReDx- June 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm
I wouldn't say Maynard wrestled his way to a victory against Miller, he turned Millers face into ground beef .
NECROPHYTE- June 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm
With only 1 more fight left on his contract, Kos found himself in Huerta's position of "win or get the fuck out" and Kos knocked out Yoshida like an animal. If Roger can win in spectacular fashion, he can maybe earn another 5 fight extension like Kos did.
NECROPHYTE- June 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm
lol @ wind-piss
Jay Smith- June 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Huerta had the world by the balls in the UFC. I don't know why he would ruin that by stirring up shit with them. I hope he makes a boatload of money modeling or making movies because if not,........what a waste.
LoneWolf- June 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I got Huerta on this one. Hes going to knock Gray out with a knee to the chin when Gray shoots.
xFenixKnightx- June 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Actually Huerta is half Mexican and half Salvadorian. It's funny that he doesn't even rep that side though.

Hopefully this really does end up being in Dallas because I will be there baby!

War Huerta!
MyFightWiffaCheeto- June 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm
Everyone forget Huerta was a college wrestler too? Also, he had a fucking war for three rounds with the King of LnP in the LW division, Clay Guida?

Huerta's heavy ass hands send Maynard to fight Guida, then they work it out to sign Huerta again as he fights Sanchez to see who's #1 contender.
HereForTheBooze- June 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Money's on huerta, maynards a beast. But I don't see his lay and pray style any more effective than guida, and we all remember what happened to him.
Crap Factory- June 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm
It's like the donkey show all over again! I hope Gray stomps a hole in Huerta and puts him out quick. That'll teach you not to fuck with the UFC.
ihateemo- June 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Huerta got Tito'd. I'm surprised they would move it to a UFC PPV and that Dana wouldn't rather put it on the undercard just to send El Model on his merry way without anymore exposure.
El Famous Burrito- June 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Wow, I haven't seen a Mexican get the shaft like this since I visited Tijuana!
PurplePickle- June 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Huerta should face Cain Velasquez in a 'The most Mexican of the Mexicans since Quetzacoatl' contest. Loser gets kicked out of Aztlan.
karate is back- June 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm
thats why i love cage potato, you guys have the best headlines. haha. they were definitely looking for someone to beat Huerta. Hopefully this leads to Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard in the future and its going to be the most amazing display of dry humping the world has ever seen!
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- June 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm
My money's on Huerta.
Armbreaker- June 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm
I can't wait to find out who will be fighting at UFC 103 in Dallas. I plan to be there.