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Roger Huerta

Postby GrappleorWrestle » Thu May 22, 2008 8:17 am

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Name Roger Huerta
Nick Name El Matador
Record 20 - 2 - 1 (Win - Loss - Draw) ( 1 NC )
Wins
10 (T)KOs (50.00%)
4 Submissions (20.00%)
4 Decisions (20.00%)
2 Other (10.00%)
Losses
1 Submissions ( 50 %)
1 Decisions ( 50 %)
Height 5'9 (175cm)
Weight 155lbs (70kg)
Style Wrestling
Birth Date 5-20-1983
City Austin
State Texas
Country USA

Retired to follow an acting career.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 22, 2008 8:26 am

Hats of to GoW for the new posts of some fighters that have been long overdue a post...

I think Huerta is pure class, he is prob the most well rounded guy at 155 especially in the UFC.
Have enjoyed all his fights and is definatly someone that when i see on the card I genuinly cant wait to see fight.

GoW said about how his fight with Dent was fight of the night and oh baby did it deserve to be. he is so exciting and VERY talented. I really cant wait to see him against Florian at UFC 87. For me this is much bigger than the Brock Vs Coleman fight which is on the same card.
I like Kenny but i think Huerta will takle him out in this one...Ko or TKO in the 2nd...Bold i know with Kenny on a great run but for Roger just is a better all round fighter at the mo.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 9:53 am

To me Huerta is definatly the dark horse in the LW's in the UFC division at the moment. I reckon he will beat Florian and not by decison but I go for a KO or TKO.
I'm not saying he will beat Pnn but he is definatly 1 of the guys i think can, and in the UFC probably the most likely 155lb guy to do it. I am actually suprised he is being overlooked quite this much.
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Thu May 29, 2008 9:59 am

Huerta is a different kind of elusiveness compared to Machida. Huerta is more slick if you get my drift, while Machida is more technical. I think Roger will pull out the W against Kenflo, then face BJ.

But BJ is an entirely different story. But I think if Huerta works on his kickboxing and his leg kicks I think he can pull it off.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 10:05 am

He is a real complete fighter, he has well rounded skills and with Kenflo and Penn he will use the take down defense he has which is aweosme. His stand up skills are good enough at the moment to take out Kenflo and I actually believe they are better then Penns too.

He has eaten his way through the LWs so far and that won't stop until he faces Penn or maybe sherk too. His reign in the UFC so far has been like fitch's a cracking win streak just over looked by the likes of penn ands sherk and even some of the TUF guys.

I understand what you mean about the Machida comparison too and I agree with you to GoW.
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Thu May 29, 2008 10:10 am

And if people do not think Huerta has heart they are wrong. His fight against Clay Guida should have shown everyone the kind of determination and never quit attitude he has.

Not only that, but I am pretty sure him and Arianny Celeste are shaggin'.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 10:14 am

I agree about the heart, he is very determined and has a never stop or give in attitude for sure.

Well if he is shagging her, then GO Kenflo cos I know hate that Bastard.....as i once said to FiG 'Jealousy is a bitch' and if he is shagging her I hope Kenflo makes him his bitch. Sorry but she is soooo HoT!!!
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Postby qwerty » Thu May 29, 2008 11:42 am

Don't get me wrong, Huerta is good, fun to watch, very determined, posterboy image, etc... but he will lose to Kenflo!

Kenflo has better stand up, superior in submission against Huertas' and has those nasty elbows (he can use it on his back or on top) - which I really cannot wait for him to use against Posterboy Huerta.

Huerta does has one distintive advantage however and that is his wrestling. Kenflo's BJJ will neutralize that however.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 11:49 am

qwerty wrote:Don't get me wrong, Huerta is good, fun to watch, very determined, posterboy image, etc... but he will lose to Kenflo!

Kenflo has better stand up, superior in submission against Huertas' and has those nasty elbows (he can use it on his back or on top) - which I really cannot wait for him to use against Posterboy Huerta.

Huerta does has one distintive advantage however and that is his wrestling. Kenflo's BJJ will neutralize that however.


Sorry my friend I have to disagree with you, there is no way Kenflo's stand up is better than Huerta's. yes he has those nasty elbows and always a risk of cuts but 'El Matador' has far better kickboxing skills.
I do agree with the wrestling edge being in Huerta's favor and yes Kenflo's BJJ is always a danger. He has got good subs. However he couldn't handle sherk's GnP, I am only pointing that out to show that he hasn't always been able to control the fight on the ground.
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Postby Reymode » Thu May 29, 2008 10:04 pm

qwerty wrote:Don't get me wrong, Huerta is good, fun to watch, very determined, posterboy image, etc... but he will lose to Kenflo!

Kenflo has better stand up, superior in submission against Huertas' and has those nasty elbows (he can use it on his back or on top) - which I really cannot wait for him to use against Posterboy Huerta.

Huerta does has one distintive advantage however and that is his wrestling. Kenflo's BJJ will neutralize that however.


Please read the article below. I believe it will give you a better insight on who Roger Huerta actually is. He's more than a mere poster boy, he's a FIGHTER in EVERY sense of the word. I also I think you underestimate the biggest asset Huerta has which is HEART. You also won't find very many fighters that compete on the pace he does. He gives EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME.

If I seem bias, that's fine since Huerta has been my favorite fighter since seeing him fight and learning of his story. But I believe you will not find many who have overcome the struggles not only in the cage but out as Huerta has done.




El Matador: From humble beginnings to UFC's brightest young star - December 6, 2007

By Mary Buckheit - ESPN

Roger Huerta had to teach himself how to survive. He had no choice.

Sounds simple, but that's probably the biggest factor leading to Huerta's swift rise to prominence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since a mixed martial artist endures an attack on his life each and every time he steps into the octagon, the basic requirement of the sport is simply the ability to survive. And Huerta's childhood taught him nothing if not that.

Roger Huerta faces his biggest fight yet on Saturday night at The Palms.
"I can't believe I'm here," the 24-year-old Huerta told me over the phone from his home and training headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. -- where he's been training for his big bout against Clay "The Carpenter" Guida on Saturday night in "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 6 finale. "I think about what I saw as a little boy, and living through all that went on down there around me -- the war and the gangs and the drugs -- and sometimes I really just can't believe I'm alive."

Huerta's troubles started when his parents' marriage disintegrated dramatically when he was 5 years old. He said his father was involved in an affair, a discovery that sent his mother spiraling into an agitated and abusive state. Huerta spent time in foster care while a bitter custody battle ensued. His father was awarded full custody, but his mother wouldn't stand for the ruling. So she seized Roger from her ex-husband's home in Dallas and fled to her parents' home in El Salvador. Then, still severely emotionally unhinged, Lydia Huerta took flight herself, leaving her son with his grandparents -- who could do nothing but keep him in the house all day, away from the ferocity of the civil war that raged outside.

Huerta's mother eventually would return for him -- but only to take him to San Juan, Mexico and drop him on the doorstep of his father. By this time, Huerta's father had developed into a violent drug addict. Meaning Huerta was forced to fend for himself, selling trinkets and gum on the streets.

All of this occurred before his 13th birthday. "I should be dead," Huerta says, bluntly.

Eventually Huerta's father split, as well, leaving Huerta homeless, with no family but the street gang he fell into. Yet somehow, through all of this, he persevered. He kept going to school because it was the only place that offered him safety, not to mention a meal. "No matter what I was feeling or what was going on, I felt safe at school and I worked hard at it," he says. "I didn't know where I might be sleeping that night, but I knew where I would eat lunch the next day."

Huerta's endearing personality and poise surely played a part in several families' willingness to take him in and care for him during his middle-school years. Eventually the mother of a friend was given legal guardianship, and she provided his ticket out of San Juan. "That's how I first moved to Austin [Texas]," Huerta explains. "We had a little apartment there."

Huerta settled into his new surroundings -- still modest, but stable and supportive, which was all he needed in order to excel in school and wrestling. And, while attending Crockett High School, Huerta first met Jo Ramirez -- an English teacher who set out to advise Huerta about his college applications, but ended up building a much stronger bond with him. "She was the first one to really hear my whole story," Huerta says.

Ramirez helped Huerta get into Augsburg College in Minnesota -- a school with a well-regarded wrestling program -- and eventually legally adopted Huerta in 2002. "She's my guardian angel," Huerta says of Ramirez. "That's my mom. She's my rock, she's my angel, she's my back. She is amazing. She is everything to me.

"I don't remember what my real mom looks like. If I saw her today I wouldn't know her. Not even if she were sitting right next to me at a table in a restaurant. The last time I saw her was first grade. And my dad? I don't know anything of him. I mean, I don't know what ever happened to him."

What happened to Roger "El Matador" Huerta, however, is nothing short of a Cinderella story.

Huerta made the move from wrestling mats to octagons right after he was exposed to his first MMA bout in Minneapolis. "It was that kind of thing where you see something and that's all you want to do," Huerta says. "You just feel it."

"The sport came so naturally [to him]," says UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg. "It didn't take long for everybody to notice that he was a very good fighter."

Huerta's meticulous grappling style led his trainers to coin his now-household nickname. "They started calling me Matador, like the bullfighter, because they said I look methodical when I fight, like each move is planned out," says Huerta. "They said it looks like I don't struggle much.

"That's what they think, anyway. I think I struggle quite a bit," he adds, with a chuckle.

Struggles? Perhaps. But Huerta has never looked like a crazed kid carrying out a vendetta on his past. "Somehow he has found the strength within himself to put that past away," Goldberg says. "He is able to compartmentalize and contain all that. ... We're all amazed because he is upbeat and smiling all the time; he's gentle and so sincere. The kid was practically raised by street gangs, yet he's the most soft-spoken and polite guy you'll ever meet. And on top of that, he's got real talent."

Huerta is more than happy to autograph issues of Sports Illustrated with him on the cover.
Back in May, Huerta was in Las Vegas for UFC 71. It turned out to be a rough weekend for UFC's biggest star, Chuck Liddell, who suffered a knockout at the hands of Rampage Jackson. But it also proved to be a celebration for the sport as a whole -- thanks to Huerta making the cover of Sports Illustrated, a first for mixed martial arts.

"I got off the phone [after hearing the Sports Illustrated news] and I hopped right on the bike and I just rode for as long as I could," Huerta says. "I don't drink anymore. I don't party. Everybody is always like, 'Oh, the cover boy, you're the cover boy.' But I want people to know that I train hard and I work hard and I want to be a champion.

Huerta, whose record is 20-1-1 since his UFC debut in September 2006, can take the next step on Saturday night. "This is Roger's shot at validation," Goldberg says. "He has the potential to someday fill the shoes as the next Chuck Liddell-type. He has the potential of being the first name people mention when they talk about the Ultimate Fighting Championship."

Huerta says he never stops thinking about the circumstances he overcame, and the purpose he believes his journey was meant to serve. "I don't know why I made it out alive," Huerta says. "But I want to show people what is possible."

Some would say he already has.
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 10:42 pm

Hey dude we all have our favourites, mine is pretty obvious there...LOL.
You obviously have paid attention to his carer and the more I see of him the more I want to see more of him. He has had some fantastic fights in the UFC, not just good wins but fight of the night great wins.
I don't think it's fair people label him a poaster boy, although prehaps he is...i howevere do think he's earnt it. His fight with Guida solidified that for me.
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Postby Reymode » Thu May 29, 2008 10:53 pm

fightDR wrote:Hey dude we all have our favourites, mine is pretty obvious there...LOL.
You obviously have paid attention to his carer and the more I see of him the more I want to see more of him. He has had some fantastic fights in the UFC, not just good wins but fight of the night great wins.
I don't think it's fair people label him a poaster boy, although prehaps he is...i howevere do think he's earnt it. His fight with Guida solidified that for me.


Yup the fight against Garcia was unbelievable (many nominated it for fight of the year).

His fight against Alberto Crane was nuts as well. Huerta using the cameras to punch his opponent was great stuff. Which reminds of this quick fact. Huerta fought a total of FIVE fights last year which almost HALF of how many times KenFlo has fought his entire career. But he's just a poster boy right Querty? :wink:
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Postby fightDR » Thu May 29, 2008 11:21 pm

Huerta has definatly proved he is a hungry fighter and from what I can see he loves the competition. Add that to his ongoing list of great fights and we have someone on his way to the top.

I don't know why Kenflo hasn't fought much, but I do think he is a right scrapper and i can't imagine him turning down a fight with any LW. It does baffle me however how he can be labelled a poster boy when Kenflo came fresh from the 1st TUF when the hype was so big he was set for main stream status straight away. Roger wasn't given poster boy status, he earnt it.
Don't get me wriong though I think Kenflo has done great in the LW's and is definatly 1 of the few TUF guys who has impressed all ( reall mma fans and all).
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Postby qwerty » Fri May 30, 2008 12:18 am

Damn, let me bust out my violin! Just playing. Like I said, don't take it all wrong - they are both good fighters, Huerta is definately a exciting fighter, very creative and intelligent - I do enjoy watching his fights - no arguments there.

While we are in the subjects of fights however, who has he fought? Leonard Garcia is a 145lber, Alberto Crane - one dimensional, Clay Guida lost two of his last three fights prior to fighting Huerta. Yes, they were close and one split decision lost - which was probably Guida's downfall becuase he didn't want it to go to decision he wanted to be more aggressive. He (Guida) basically had that fight won but just got burnt out.

KenFlo however has fought tougher oppositions. People with names in the world of MMA. That is more impressive than a 22-1-1-1 record. He submitted a BJJ Black Belt, TKOed a striker and went to a 5 round decision lost against one of the best 155lber!

Huerta is no were near as talented of a wrestler as Sherk and that is why I feel comfortable to say that Kenflo will neutralize Huerta's wrestling.
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Postby fightDR » Fri May 30, 2008 12:37 am

Yes i agree kenflo's BJJ is a real threat and definatly, the main thing Huerta has to worry about. Especially as Huerta has long limbs that a prefect for Subs. Roger is a much more gifted athlete however, very fast and even has a strength advantage over Huerta too, IMO.

kenny has fought some real good strikers and dominated them, his win over stout was VERY impressive. Huerta's take down defense is better however and he is more well rounded.
He will stuff the take down of Florian and pick him apart with strikes, finishing him with punches through KO or TKO.
This is gonna be an awesome fight. I do understand what you mean gwert and I do think Kenflo is a hell of a fighter, in the LW his BJJ is awesome. His stand up game is just not where Huerta's is IMO.
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