“It’s a dream come true for me, to be honest. Something that I was looking forward to when I signed on with Bellator. This is a guy who I’ve been eyeing, and all of a sudden here it is. It’s happening now and it’s going to be good… It does a lot of things. One fight, you’re back in it. It’s just how this thing goes. For me, I have to win. I’m going in there to finish him. I’m not going in there to play patty cake or to fight a technical fight. I’m coming in to fight. … I’m telling you this right now: I’m not holding anything back. From the moment they say go, we touch gloves — it’s going to be on… I feel like if Eddie wins, he ends up killing my career. I can’t take another loss. This is really personal for me. This is my life.”
—Roger Huerta telling Sherdog.com that his upcoming fight against Eddie Alvarez is do or die for his career
Whoa, talk about putting undue pressure on yourself. Roger may be in a bit of a slump, but he’s already established himself as one of the most entertaining fighters with one of the biggest hearts in the lightweight division. Of course he needs to win fights, but unless he really falls off the wagon his services will always be in demand. While beating a top tier lightweight like Eddie Alvarez would certainly help his standing in the division, losing to him wouldn’t “kill” his career. As long as Roger continues to lay it on the line and put on exciting fights, his career will be just fine.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Roger Huerta goes down next Thursday, Oct. 21, at Bellator 33. The card also features a welterweight championship fight between champ Lyman Good and season two welterweight tournament winner Ben Askren. The remaining fights on the televised card include Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Wilson Reis and LeVon Maynard vs. Rick Hawn.