- ROGER HUERTA SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH UFC
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - by Tom Hamlin - MMAWeekly.com
Popular lightweight Roger Huerta has apparently mended fences with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He signed a new five-fight contract on Monday with the industry leading promotion. Sources close to Huerta confirmed the deal to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
In August, Huerta drew headlines for a controversial interview he gave to FIGHT! magazine in which he criticized the UFCís pay structure. He later amended his comments during the post-fight press conference for UFC 87, where he lost a unanimous decision to Kenny Florian in a contender bout for the lightweight title.
ďAll I was saying, is that as a business decision Ė and you canít argue about this Ė itís in all businesses,Ē Huerta said. "If another company offers you something better for you and your family, you would do that. Itís the logical thing to do, and thatís all I was saying.Ē
Prior to the Florian loss, Huerta was undefeated in six appearances in the UFC since debuting at UFC 63 in September of 2006.
Huerta is expected to fight again in March, though no opponent has been named for his return. He is currently training in Minnesota with mentor Dave Menne and strength and conditioning coach Justin Heagan.
Huerta is also one of the dozen fighters that IGN.com has confirmed as being on the roster for the Spring 2009 release of the new UFC Undisputed 2009 video game being developed by THQ.