Former UFC lightweight Roger Huerta will return home to Texas in two months for an event in Pharr, Texas where he’ll face controversial Ultimate Fighter alumnus War Machine (i.e. the Mixed Martial Artist known as Jon Koppenhaver). The Ultimate Warrior Fighting match-up will mark the first for Huerta since an October 2010 defeat to Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 33 while his opponent hasn’t fought sine July of last year due in large part to his incarceration for a felony assault charge.
Huerta confirmed news of the November 26 bout through his Twitter page earlier today.
The 28-year old Huerta grew up in Austin and should have a large contingent of Texans in his corner, especially since Pharr is located in the Rio Grand Valley near the Mexican border. “El Matador” burst on the scene in 2007 with a number of exciting performances inside the Octagon and incredible backstory to boot. He holds a record of 21-5-1 but has gone 1-2 since splitting from the UFC with losses to Alvarez and Pat Curran. Among his past wins are victories over Leonard Garcia and Clay Guida. He also got a surge of buzz surrounding a street fight where he dismantled a former collegiate football player after the gridiron goon decked a female.
Machine is 11-4 with eleven stoppages to boot but has yet to face anyone with Huerta’s name let alone skillset. His last fight featured a Rear-Naked Choke defeat to John Alessio adding even more pressure to an already difficult situation.
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