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Roger Huerta gets his head kicked off

Roger Huerta got ass-whupped and then soccer kicked in the head this weekend over in ONE FC, and there’s a little bit of controversy surrounding the whole thing. You see, ONE FC doesn’t quite ban or fully allow kicks to the head of a grounded opponent. They have a strange halfsies setup. Fightsport Asia explains:

The rule system for ONE FC is very well structured and heavily thought about. Matt has explained in great detail, the rule system and key words to implement the soccer kick and knees to the downed opponent was also very well explained.

the words OPEN GUARD yelled by the referee – signifies that either fighter can then strike the downed opponent with kicks or knees.

these 2 words – OPEN GUARD were to be the one thing the fighter had to listen for before striking the downed opponent.

Matt Hume can be clearly heard throughout the entire Rodrigo Praxedes Vs Marcos Escobar fight – he is constantly yelling this OPEN GUARD command. This means the fighters are aware of what they can strike with and when…

This verbal command was put in to place to create a ‘safety measure’ for the fighters, it means that if a referee believes the fighter is ‘rocked’ or concussed/dazed and as a result is on the canvas – the opponent will NOT get the open guard attack command. Thus saving him unnecessary damage. This seems like a sensible and understandable rule.

Move forward to the Huerta V Zoro fight (see clip below) and you can clearly here Yugi Shimada yelling “No Kick, No Kick, No Kick” then the kick comes to the head of the slumped Huerta – followed by Yugi Shimada raising Zoro’s hand and declaring a winner.

I don’t know about it being ‘well structured, heavily thought about, and sensible.’ Expecting a fighter to be able to receive and interpret verbal commands from a ref halfway through a finishing strike is like expecting a dude to be able to pull out just before blowing a load in a supermodel’s cooch. We’re just not wired to be very good at that. Oftentimes the impulse to kick Roger Huerta in the face is simply too strong to resist.

  • Letibleu

    and Huerta has himself a real deal genuine stalker. its too elaborate to be just a troll gone too far. She is the real deal and its kinda creepy:

    any my interpretation of this one

  • Reverend Clint

    stupid rules

  • Reverend Clint

    so doc benjamin is against soccer kicks… therefore i am pro soccer kick, i cant stand that Urkel wannabe.

  • frickshun

    Leti–>that’s some wacky shit. Also….I didn’t know Huerta still fought.

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  • Letibleu

    wasnt huerta UFC’s other brown pride at one time?

  • Reverend Clint

    yeah he was the mexican hope when they actually thought hosting ufc’s during a civil/drug war was a good idea

  • zegrapplez

    dumbest rule idea out there.

    i’ll yell to a fighter when he can do something, and for a guy on the receiving end that may be semi or outright concussed, he has to also hear that and differentiate in a split second what his strategy should be.

    it’s tough enough for guys to learn the 3 points down rule in the UFC and when/how to time the knee to the head as the guy takes a hand off the ground/gets up.

  • matthewpolly

    I met Huerta right after he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Dana White pulled the cover with Randy Couture and put Huerta on the cover, which Randy gives as one of the reasons he felt disrespected and tried to break his contract.) Anyway this was right before Huerta got a big head (so easy to kick apparently) and made the career-fatal mistake of complaining about UFC pay publicly and was banished to the boonies.

  • Reverend Clint

    was he as dreamy as he seems on tv?

  • matthewpolly

    He flirted with every cute woman that walked in Phil Nurse’s gym and they seemed to love it. I’m not surprised he acquired a stalker.

  • steve

    that doesnt look like roger huerta…

  • daniel z

    i’ve met roger h several times and he is a good dude, and i hope he is ok. dz

  • Forrest Outman

    Let me tell you what I would do if it was me that was on the ground and the ref said “No Kick!” so I then assumed the kick wouldn’t be coming and got punted into oblivion.

    After coming out of my comma and reviewing the fight tape (since I would probably not remember a damn thing) I would demand the ruling reversed and my pay adjusted accordingly. 

    If as I suspect they don’t comply, I would file a lawsuit that would make them quake in their boots.

  • jasperwong

    Personally, I think the kick was legal. Roger Huerta was on the ground, and looked like he was pursuing the single leg takedown. Yuji Shimada (the ref) shouted “LOW KICK, LOW KICK” not “no kick no kick”. 
    But whatever it is, ONE FC has put Asian MMA back on the world map. Bringing back all the kick ass action. We are MMA fans, we love this sport because it is raw and it tells a story about who the best fighter is. No more turtling up, no more putting one finger on the ground to avoid getting kneed, no more pulling guard unnecessarily. This is FOR REAL, THIS IS WHY WE LOVE THIS SPORT. 
    if not,  enjoy watching fitch lying on top of his opponent for 15 minutes. or Guida / Maynard… nuff said. 

  • greenseed

    accoording to RENZO GGRAVY he was sayiing “low kick”

    <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-in-reply-to=”216994098551324673″><p>@<a href=””>MMAdamMartin</a> I really thought he was saying “no kick” in reality after I went to ask him, he told me he said “low kick” which it was the ok</p>&mdash; Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) <a href=”″ data-datetime=”2012-06-25T03:00:06+00:00″>June 25, 2012</a></blockquote>
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  • greenseed

    @MMAdamMartin I really thought he was saying “no kick” in reality after I went to ask him, he told me he said “low kick” which it was the ok

    — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) June 25, 2012