Maybe Alberto isn’t such a can

Okay, so last month I basically accused the UFC of protecting Roger Huerta by feeding him a steady stream of UFC virgins. While I stand by my comments that he’s being given a soft touch, I’m starting to think his opponent for next week’s UFC74 show may not be the tomato can I originally thought he was:

Crane first came to attention around 2002 when he competed in the Mundials and took the King of the Cage (KOTC) title from Javier Vazquez but due to new family demands he immediately relinquished the KOTC title and disappeared into New Mexico lore. Alberto resurfaced late in ’03 going 4-0 in MMA over ten months before facing Javier Vazquez in the finals of the Abu Dhabi Worlds North American Trials in ’04 and coming in second. Alberto ended up taking Javi’s place in the ’05 Abu Dhabi Worlds in a chain of events covered in the archives but he lost in the first round, after which Alberto again went back to running his schools in Santa Fe and Albuquerque as he raised his family. Now all of a sudden Alberto is not only back, he is in the UFC.

Check out the resume … not too shabby at all. His grappling credentials are mint, and his MMA record is solid if not very remarkable. Basically it seems like this guy hasn’t been very dedicated to mixed martial arts in the past. So the real question is: how is he going to dedicate himself now that he’s got a chance on the big show? Huerta has already proven himself to be a slow starter, and there’s no way he’ll be able to match up with Crane’s jiu-jitsu. This one could end quickly, with Crane pulling off a submission.

  • hankd

    I put money on Crane at 3:1…I hope he pulls it off. He’s not a can, but they’re still trying to protect Huerta with UFC newbies…

  • DJ Hapa

    Vasquez busted up his leg early in that fight. Zuffa is counting on Crane’s ring rust to pull Roger “The Dodger” through this one.

    I pray for Crane on a daily basis. Please, please Alberto!

  • Fred

    Brandon Vera will do great when he returns. He’s an exciting fighter with a versatile skill-set. Will be be champion? Who knows? But, we’ll get some great fights along the way.

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