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Roger Huerta

Where does Roger “El Matador” Huerta train? Roger Huerta currently trains at Greg Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts camp.

Roger Huerta (born May 20, 1983 in Los Angeles, California), is an American mixed martial artist of Mexican descent. He competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Roger will also be appearing in the live action motion picture Tekken, as Miguel Caballero Rojo, due to be released in 2009.

Roger Huerta was originally slated to make his UFC debut against Hermes Franca at UFC 61, but was forced to withdraw from the fight as the result of an elbow injury.  He won his first six fights in the UFC, the first at UFC 63 against Jason Dent, which was declared “Fight of the Night”.

His next fight was against UFC newcomer John Halverson at UFC 67. The fight ended by TKO after 19 seconds of round one after Huerta landed a knee to the shoulder/head area of a grounded Halverson, knocking him down where Huerta finished him with punches. The end of the bout was controversial as knees to the head of grounded opponents are illegal under UFC rules.

Huerta won his next three fights against Leonard Garcia, Doug Evans and Alberto Crane before he faced and submitted Clay Guida by rear naked choke in the third round on December, 8, 2007 at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.

Huerta lost his last fight by unanimous decision (all judges scored the bout 30-27) at UFC 87 against Kenny Florian.

Huerta’s first loss came as a result of a dislocated jaw early in the finals of the SuperBrawl 36 tournament against Ryan Schultz on June 18, 2004, his third match of the day.

In May 2007, Huerta graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine to showcase its first story on the rising popularity of mixed martial arts.

On January 9, 2009, Huerta announced that he is taking an indefinite hiatus from MMA to further pursue opportunities in acting.

Gym:  Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts camp in New Mexico.

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