This one’s a shocker (read: this one is not a shocker, although what I did to your mother last night is known as the shocker). Roger Huerta wants to continue fighting and is willing to re-sign with the UFC. Here’s what El Matador had to say courtesy of Sherdog:
“I can’t go out with two losses in a row. I don’t think I’m going to call it quits anytime soon. I’m still open to acting. Hopefully we get something going with that, but I’m not going to prioritize (acting) now. I’ll still prioritize fighting. If the UFC wants me back, I’d be willing to go back.”
After months of playing the “my window is closing mer mer mer I’m going to be an actor” card, Huerta has finally come to his goddamn senses. This guy is a fighter’s fighter, and if that wasn’t evident before he refused to tap despite the fact that his arm was being ripped out of the socket, it is readily apparent now. I doubt his decision making skills based on his comments over the past few months, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t bring it inside the Octagon.
Despite his losses to Florian and Maynard, Huerta is still one of the most talented lightweights in the UFC, not to mention one of the sport’s brightest young fighters. On top of that, he can probably still negotiate some type of pay raise, despite the losses, as he no doubt increased his popularity with the gutsy performance against Maynard. Somebody else can play “Mexican day laborer” in Saw 34 — this kid belongs in the cage.