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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Huerta Takes Short Notice Fight Against ‘Pitbull’ At Bellator 205

Roger Huerta will have another opportunity to make a big splash in Bellator MMA as the veteran lightweight steps up on short notice to take on former title challenger Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 from inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, per a recent report by ESPN.

Freire’s original opponent, Goiti Yamauchi, recently withdrew from the event due to injury.

Huerta, 35, made his Bellator return this past April in Budapest when he was choked out by former UFC champion Benson Henderson in the second round. It has been quite some time since “El Matador” fought with the same magic he had when he won his first six UFC fights from 2006-2007, but he’ll try to recapture lightening in a bottle against “Pitbull” next month.

Freire, 32, has looked like a killer since getting knocked out by Michael Chandler back in 2016. The lightweight finisher has won three straight against notable contenders like Josh Thompson, Derek Campos, and Henderson. Given his track record and recent success, Freire may not have to do much more entering 2019 to lock down another Bellator title shot. Losing to Huerta will certainly set the Brazilian back so it’s a pretty dangerous fight.

Bellator 205 was expected to be headlined by a featherweight bout pitting former champion Pat Curran against undefeated sensation A.J. McKee, but a recent injury to Curran has left the main event in limbo.

For more Bellator 205 fight card news click here.

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Roger Huerta Returns to Bellator – Remember Him?

There was a brief moment in history when Roger Huerta was the center of the universe.

He was pushed by the UFC as their next big star. He was racking up wins in the Octagon. He was even featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated – a feat that was unheard by MMA fighters back in the day.

And then he fell off the face of the Earth.

Or, more aptly, he got into a contract dispute with the UFC, and you know how those go.

From there, Huerta couldn’t find wins to save his life. He lost in the UFC, he lost in Bellator, he lost everywhere, and ended up training and fighting in South East Asia, where ONE FC has been giving him paychecks to throw down in the cage.

Well, Bellator needed someone to face UFC refugee Benson Henderson in the main event of Bellator 196, so guess who’s back?

Henderson’s career has been in a godawful downward spiral, but in this match-up, Huerta just might have him beat in ability to find that “L” no matter what.

As per MMAFighting:

It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month.

Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.

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Bellator 196 Gets New Main Event with Benson Henderson vs. Roger Huerta

Roger Huerta will return to the Bellator cage for the first time since 2010 when he meets Benson Henderson in the new Bellator 196 headliner.
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The MMA Hour with Chris Weidman, Donald Cerrone, Will Brooks, Roger Huerta, Cathal Pendred, Jeff Novitzky

The MMA Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday’s show:

1:00 p.m. ET — UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will talk about fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 and Anderson Silva’s NAC hearing last week.

1:25 p.m. — Roger Huerta will look ahead to his ONE Championship fight against Koji Ando on Sept. 1.

1:45 p.m. — Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks will discuss his title fight against Marcin Held on Nov. 6.

2:05 p.m. — Donald Cerrone will talk about his lightweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 17 on Dec. 19.

2:25 p.m. — Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s VP of athlete health and performance, will discuss the organization’s new anti-doping efforts.

2:45 p.m. — Cathal Pendred will talk about…

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ONE FC 19 results recap: Shinya Aoki and Ben Askren earn quick stoppages, Roger Huerta dominates

“Reign of Champions” took place on pay-per-view (PPV) earlier this morning (Fri., Aug. 29, 2014) from inside Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

ONE FC entertained Dubai this morning (Fri., Aug. 29, 2014) with three title fights and multiple quality match ups, producing a thoroughly enjoyable fight card.

In the main event, Shinya Aoki defended his lightweight title with ease, scoring his twenty-fourth career submission win against UFC import Kamal Shalorus. Despite the Iranian’s impressive wrestling pedigree, Aoki got the takedown early, maneuvering near the cage. After a brief struggle due to the limited space, Aoki moved into mount, transitioning to the back soon after.

From there, it was academic, as he locked up the rear-naked choke and forced “The Prince of Persia” to tap. Twice, actually, since referee Yuji Shimada missed the first one.

Thanks to Zombie Prophet for the GIF.

In the co-main event, former Bellator champion Ben Askren earned the ONE FC welterweight belt with, if anything, even less trouble, dominating Nobutatsu Suzuki. Askren immediately shot in for a takedown and began relentlessly dropping punches, punishing the Japanese karateka until the referee mercifully stepped in.

See it to believe it.

One can only hope that this, his fourth straight stoppage, finally convinces the UFC brass to bring him in so he can actually be tested again.

The third title bout saw Mongolian standout Jadamba Narantungalag lift the promotion’s featherweight belt from Koji Oishi, who had no answer for Narantungalag’s relentless aggression. Despite landing some solid counters and wobbling Narantungalag at one point, Oishi was on his back foot all night, especially after his left eye began badly swelling following the second round.

On a brighter note, Roger Huerta finally snapped a four-fight losing streak, demolishing previously-unbeaten Englishman Christian Holley. Huerta’s takedowns were on point and, right when he hit half guard, things got violent. Taking advantage of ONE FC’s more lax rule set, “El Matador” battered Holley with knees from both half guard and side control, eventually forcing Holley to surrender his back. A few more heavy punches forced the referee to step in, giving Huerta his first win since 2010.

Watch the violent replay here.

For quick results and full play-by-play coverage of the morning’s proceedings, click here.

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Shinya Aoki, Roger Huerta Added To ONE FC Card Featuring Ben Askren

The card for ONE FC: Reign of Champions continues to fill up, as lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will defend his title against Kamal Shalorus. Set for August 29, the event takes place from the Dubai World Trade Centre and features Ben Askren challenging for the welterweight title against Nobutatsu Suzuki. Other bouts announced include Roger […]

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Shinya Aoki, Roger Huerta Added To ONE FC Card Featuring Ben Askren

The card for ONE FC: Reign of Champions continues to fill up, as lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will defend his title against Kamal Shalorus. Set for August 29, the event takes place from the Dubai World Trade Centre and features Ben Askren challenging for the welterweight title against Nobutatsu Suzuki. Other bouts announced include Roger […]

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