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War Machine TKO’s Roger Huerta in Post-Prison Debut [VIDEO]


After a year in the pokey, War Machine finally returned to competition Saturday night at Ultimate Warrior Fighting 1 in Pharr, Texas, where he faced off against former UFC lightweight darling Roger Huerta in the event’s welterweight headliner. And even though prison ring-rust has to be the worst kind of ring-rust — nutraloaf and sandwich masturbation don’t exactly make for an ideal fighter lifestyle — Mr. Machine handled himself admirably, out-hustling Huerta in a gritty back-and-forth scrap.

Unfortunately, Huerta broke his rib during a scramble in round three, seemingly when War sneaks in that knee at the video’s 15:10 mark. War Machine took advantage of Huerta’s weakened state and laid on punches from the top until the match was stopped. And so, War Machine writes the first chapter of his unlikely comeback story, while Huerta picks up the fifth loss in his last six attempts.

Special props to the always colorful Phil Baroni, who was particularly qualified for his commentary gig considering he’s trained with War Machine at Xtreme Couture, and used to drink snake-blood in Thailand with Huerta. But he’s an even better TV director. (“There’s a ring card girl with a nice ass; put it on her, not on me, dude…The camera guy’s telling me to look at him! Shut up camera-guy before I knock you out!”)

Lord knows the broadcast needed the help. You know you’re watching a second-rate MMA production when they show fans in the crowd while the fight is happening. Check out the portly cowboy at the 2:59 mark. Even he’s like, “bro, of all the people to film right now.”

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chzhyy- November 29, 2011 at 8:46 am
Boxing game ,so nice in ( )
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- November 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm
i sent you guys a picture of myself and War Machine after the fight... and a really small mexican... it was a pretty decent fight...
Your Dumb- November 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm
WTF CP? Why no mention of special referee, Louis CK?
Todd M- November 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Ah, thats the Fred Taco I'm used to, First in with the best comment, well played.
Vovchanchyn Check- November 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm
what do you think are the odds of WM ever making it back to the UFC? I for one, hope he does.

with that said, my favorite movie is The Room.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm
"Theres a ring girl with a nice ass put it on her not me dude" EPIIIIIIIIIIIIIC
KarmaAteMyCat- November 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm
I completely agree with you.
Nut Puncher 9000- November 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm
I would just like to commend you on having a link to this fight that works while MMAFighting has a link to a removed video. Well done CP.
Rampages Conscience- November 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Man, sometimes you just have to admire Baroni for staying true to himself... and my "admire" I mean "make fun of".
skeletor- November 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I am still a Huerta fan but after I read all WM's prison blogs I was kinda rooting for him to make a comeback. The thing is he still only beat a lightweight on a losing streak.
NomadRip- November 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm
That was a pretty decent fight. Would have liked to see it with some production value. Good job, War Machine!
jimbonics- November 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Pharr is quite literally the asshole of Texas.
Shame to see Huerta sink so low. He's gonna lose that hot-ass Laura Prepon if he doesn't start winning.
HEY- November 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Prison kept him in shape. Nothin' to do in there but lift weights, shank, run away from prison guards, and fight.
Fried Taco- November 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Huerta would've done better if he had seen War Machine beating up on a prison bitch beforehand.