Roger Huerta Clears The Air On His Recent Comments

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The following is from a story on MMAJunkie.com

Huerta didn't back away from the comments but said they've been widely misinterpreted. “The misconception is, and the thing that people are getting wrong, is that (I realize) I'm blessed I was part of the UFC and I'm blessed with what they've done for me,” Huerta said softly amid a din Thursday following a public news conference at Mall of America. “I wouldn't be in the situation I'm in if it weren't for them. They've done so much for the sport. They're the guys in the forefront, sanctioning MMA and showing everybody what we're like as MMA fighters and that we're professional athletes, too. They're the ones who were once $40 million in the hole and they're the ones who are putting up the money to build this sport.

“All I was saying,” Huerta added, head down, staring at the floor, “is that from an economic point of view, I have to think of economics. I was a business major. You have to think that way. I think about taxes and my Roth IRA and my retirement plan and, `How long can I do this for?' I know I'm not Randy Couture and I know I can't be 44 years old and still compete. I gave myself a five-year plan to do what I can and that's what I was talking about.”

He went on to lavish praise on the UFC. He called the company “amazing” and said he understands that if it weren't for the UFC, MMA wouldn't have exploded the way it has. “The only thing is, they're a business and they want to keep their expenses low and their income high, and in that, they're no different than me,” Huerta said. “If you work for Dell and you were offered a lot more money to come over to Apple and build Macs, the economics of it and the financial aspects of it would play a part. This is the same thing.”

He said he understands people will interpret his words the way they want. He said he doesn't regret anything and, when asked if he were quoted accurately, he paused and said, “I'm not sure,” before quickly adding, “I'm not taking anything back.”

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