Roger Huerta will return to competition on Nov. 26, when “El Matador” locks horns with fellow UFC veteran War Machine at Ultimate Warrior Fighting’s inaugural show in Pharr, Texas.
Huerta tweeted news of the matchup on Thursday and also confirmed that the bout would mark his return to the welterweight division. Little is currently known about the UWF event, save for its date and location, but the Huerta-War Machine pairing is expected to serve as the main event.
If you’re wondering where the heck these guys have been, it’s actually a pretty long story, but I’ll do my best to give the short version.
Huerta’s unsuccessful stint in Bellator was pretty rough on him apparently. After his loss to Eddie Alvarez, Huerta went back to Thailand to find himself. And that he did. As he told MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta, the trip reignited his love for fighting and he feels he’s found a home there. In fact, he’s opening a gym in Phuket called “Nitor,” a Latin word which means to persevere, with Mike Swick. They have a whopping 11-year lease, so it definitely seems like Huerta plans to stay awhile.
As for War Machine, he was released from jail back in July. It seems a year spent behind bars did him a lot of good. In his last big house blog, War said that jail taught him to avoid places like bars and nightclubs where he could get himself in trouble again. It also reminded him how much he loves MMA and he planned to do nothing but train and spend time with his wife when he got out. Since he hasn’t popped up on TMZ in a spit bag since he was released, I’m going to assume he’s done just that.
Both of these guys could really use a win to get their careers back on track. It’s a shame one of them has to lose, but if you look at it on the bright side, that pretty much guarantees it’s going to be one helluva fight.
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