Hey, check out who’s coming back to the UFC, even if it’s only for one more fight…Roger Huerta.
Roger Huerta and Gray Maynard are being eyed for a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Sherdog.com has learned from a source familiar with the plans. UFC Fight Night 19 will serves as a lead-in for season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV.
Technically speaking, Huerta never left the UFC. He just turned down a five-fight contract to pursue a career in acting and modeling, which by the way doesn’t seem to be going so hot considering he doesn’t have any new projects listed besides that appearance in Tekken. Of course, that decision made him another victim of the “Zuffa freeze,” which has essentially taken him off the map for months.
Now, unless Huerta and the UFC make up and come to terms on a new contract, his last fight in the UFC will be against Gray Maynard, who has recorded most of his victories by out-wrestling his opponents in lackluster decisions. The boys at CagePotato point out that’s punishment for not being a team player, similar to booking Lyoto Machida for Tito’s last fight, however, Maynard, like a few other 155lbs wrestlers (Sherk comes to mind), abandoned his wrestling recently to show off his newly found striking skills. If Gray takes the same approach he did to Jim Miller and tries to stand up with Huerta, he could find himself on the wrong end of Roger’s power punches. Of course, you also have to consider that Roger has been out of action since August, and who knows what he’s been up to since. Has he spent anytime at all training or just focusing on getting acting and modeling gigs? A lot of unanswered questions, but safe to say Maynard will be the favorite.