Roger Huerta pretty much fell of the map after he lost to Kenny Florian way back at UFC 87 last summer, but that doesn’t mean Roger hasn’t been training for his upcoming fight against Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 19.
The embattled UFC lightweight, who has refused to sign a contract extension with Zuffa and is eyeing opportunities in acting and modeling, asked his management to put a moratorium on media appearances. He might do a few things in the days leading up to the fight, but Huerta’s representative Jeff Clark told SI.com on Thursday that the fighter felt distractions hampered preparation for his last bout in the UFC against Kenny Florian. He wasn’t going to let it happen again.
The loss — Huerta’s first in the UFC — forced him to rethink how he prepared for fights. For most mixed martial artists, that implies changing things up, getting out of the norm. Huerta, however, was already doing that, and instead he focused on a return to his roots: spending this training camp in Minneapolis, Minn., with his longtime trainer and former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne.
Huerta’s trainer says Roger is in the best shape of his career. We’ll find out Wednesday if that’s enough to hand Maynard the first loss of his career.
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