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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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Benson Henderson sees holes in Roger Huerta’s game he can capitalize on in Budapest

Bellator 196 ‘Henderson vs Huerta’ takes place Apr. 6, 2018 at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Today MMA Mania talks to former WEC and UFC champion Benson Henderson about the short notice call to stand tall against Roger Huerta!

Bellator 196 “Henderson vs. Huerta” comes to Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary on April 6, 2018. The card is headlined by two Lightweights looking to rebound to top form as Benson Henderson (24-8) takes on “El Matador” Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC).

The way this fight together is as much of a story as the fight itself. Budapest was set to receive a James Gallagher (7-0) vs. Adam Borics (6-0) main event, but Gallagher suffered a hand injury which shuffled Borics to co-main event status with a replacement opponent.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to bring in Henderson as an established star with name value now taking his fifth Bellator fight, but unfortunately he’s 1-3 in four bouts to date. Huerta left a largely successful run in UFC to jump to Bellator, but he too languished at 1-2 before making the jump to ONE Fighting.

In today’s interview Benson Henderson talks about accepting the bout with Huerta, his plans for the future in Bellator MMA, and even how the fight would have looked nine years ago in WEC or UFC.

“I’d say if we were matched up nine years ago that’d be pretty rough, because I was just starting out.”

Give yourself more credit sir. 2009 was when you beat Donald Cerrone for the WEC interim lightweight title, pocketing a $ 20,000 Fight of the Night bonus in the process.

“I’ve been fighting for ten years now. I remember watching Roger Huerta in his friggin’ — who was he fighting when he had great slugfest that was like fight of the decade, fight of the year or whatever it was?”

To answer his question I came up with another Fight of the Night bonus winner — Huerta’s TUF 6 Finale with Clay Guida.

“Yeah Guida, Guida yeah! And that’s what got him the SI cover too right?”

That would have been the UFC 69 fight with Leonard Garcia.

“Yeah I think I was just barely starting, maybe I might have been still in college or just barely starting out so… I think he would have beat the TAR out of me then! So I’m glad it took nine years to let me grow my skill set and get good and stuff. Now I think the timing is perfect. Nine years ago when I was just starting out it would have been a rough night for me.”

Imagine telling a MMA legend that he’s not only better than he believes but that he’s been fighting longer than he thinks. Moving on from that I asked Henderson who needs the win more in Budapest.

“I think we both need this win! I’m coming off two losses in a row right? That’s a weird spot for me. I think it’s only ever happened once in my career before. I hope it never happens again. I would say I need it for sure bad, (and) he needs it for sure bad. I know he’s all in with his chips on not signing a long term deal but taking a one fight deal. From some of the headlines I’ve read (he’s) taking a one fight deal so that he can get a bigger multi-fight contract. That’s a gambler right there!”

The gambling started when James Gallagher withdrew from the original main event, leaving a hole Bellator decided only Henderson and Huerta could fill. Henderson had other cards on the table though.

“They threw me a couple of names. Like oh yeah, that’s what I’m here for. You guys signed me for big name fights and for short notice fights, that was part of our thing. You guys know I’m always good for short notice. So they hit me up with a couple of different names — Derek Anderson, Brandon Girtz, Mike Chandler, this date in Budapest or this date in St. Louis, and this and that against everybody.”

A split decision win at Bellator 165 left Chandler wondering who the better man was, and given he promised to run it back with Henderson again, it’s not surprising Henderson feels the same way.

“I’m fully of that same mindset good sir! I think I definitely want to get my hands on him again. I think it was his choice on his opponent and he chose who he chose. They asked me, I said yes, so you know I’m game for it — but it is what it is.”

And interestingly enough Chandler chose Girtz, one of the same men Henderson was offered. Until that potential rematch can be made between the two Henderson is preparing for a war with “El Matador.”

“I think (Huerta) has a wealth of knowledge and wealth of experience. I think he’s really good in that sense. I think that he does a good job of putting it all together. A lot of guys have a hard time doing that. I think he’s just as explosive, just as skilled as he was before. I think the holes he leaves (in his game) are some of the same holes as before, and it’s gonna be my job to make sure I capitalize on those holes that he leaves open and take advantage of them.”

Mentioning those holes made me wonder if Henderson had seen Huerta’s bouts in ONE Fighting.

“Watching some of his fights from there, I was definitely able to pick up a few things. But I watched the fights mostly like just one time, one time through to get eyeballs on him, watch how he moves, get a feel for him. But my coaches are the ones – John Crouch my head coach at the MMA Lab and then Eddie Cha the stand-up coach at the MMA Lab – those guys are the ones who watch his fights three, four, five, six seven times in a row. I kind of leave it up to them and then they tell me what to do and we work on it from there.”

With a team of analysts behind him giving him strategy and advice for the fight, all that’s left for Henderson now is to pack his bags for Budapest and catch a flight.

“First time in Budapest will be interesting. See how it plays out, see what kind of stores they have as far as my dietary needs go. Most of the times when I fight out of the country, not just MMA but jiu-jitsu and all that sort of stuff, I tend to bring everything with me just in case. I tend to be more on the conservative side and bring all of it with me. I’ll bring a whole week of food with me to Budapest to make sure what I have it is I need to have for keeping down the weight but still taking in calories.”

Hopefully nobody jacks his meals in transit. We look forward to seeing what “Smooth” Ben Henderson and Roger Huerta do in the main event of Bellator 196.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Henderson vs. Huerta” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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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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Roger Gracie, Marcus ‘Buchecha’ set to rematch in Rio de Janeiro

The most victorious competitors in jiu-jitsu history will meet one more time in Brazil.

Roger Gracie and Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, who fought to a draw in the first edition of Metamoris in 2012, will face off again at Gracie Pro 2017 on July 23 at Carioca Arena 1. It was one of the venues built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Unlike the first match, which was under a 20-minute, submission-only rule set, the rematch is a 10-minute match under IBJJF rules.

“I’m excited to fight in my hometown after such a long time,” Roger Gracie told MMA Fighting.

Kyra Gracie, the head of Gracie Pro, confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.

According to the promoter, the event kicks off on July 22 and includes regular jiu-jitsu tournaments from kids to adults to master and seniors, and concludes on July 23 with the Gracie-“Buchecha” rematch.

“The Brazilian audience doesn’t have this contact with the great idols of the sport anymore,” Kyra Gracie told MMA Fighting. “We don’t have these big fights in Brazil anymore, so my idea was to bring Roger, who is considered the greatest of all time, and ‘Buchecha’, the best in the world today, for a superfight.”

Kyra Gracie said that Gracie Pro’s first edition will also include self-defense, jiu-jitsu and MMA seminars.

“I had this desire to promote a tournament that is also a pleasure for every athlete to be in,” she said, “because I was always bothered with the fact that athletes are not treated in a better way since we’re the stars of the event.

“I want this to be a good experience for everyone who competes… But I admit that I get a little anxious, just like I used to get when I was about to compete [laughs].”


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Roger Gracie, Marcus ‘Buchecha’ set to rematch in Rio de Janeiro

The most victorious competitors in jiu-jitsu history will meet one more time in Brazil.

Roger Gracie and Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, who fought to a draw in the first edition of Metamoris in 2012, will face off again at Gracie Pro 2017 on July 23 at Carioca Arena 1. It was one of the venues built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Unlike the first match, which was under a 20-minute, submission-only rule set, the rematch is a 10-minute match under IBJJF rules.

“I’m excited to fight in my hometown after such a long time,” Roger Gracie told MMA Fighting.

Kyra Gracie, the head of Gracie Pro, confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.

According to the promoter, the event kicks off on July 22 and includes regular jiu-jitsu tournaments from kids to adults to master and seniors, and concludes on July 23 with the Gracie-“Buchecha” rematch.

“The Brazilian audience doesn’t have this contact with the great idols of the sport anymore,” Kyra Gracie told MMA Fighting. “We don’t have these big fights in Brazil anymore, so my idea was to bring Roger, who is considered the greatest of all time, and ‘Buchecha’, the best in the world today, for a superfight.”

Kyra Gracie said that Gracie Pro’s first edition will also include self-defense, jiu-jitsu and MMA seminars.

“I had this desire to promote a tournament that is also a pleasure for every athlete to be in,” she said, “because I was always bothered with the fact that athletes are not treated in a better way since we’re the stars of the event.

“I want this to be a good experience for everyone who competes… But I admit that I get a little anxious, just like I used to get when I was about to compete [laughs].”


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Roger Gracie wants to become ONE’s first two-division champion

Two weeks before his second fight under the ONE Championship banner, Roger Gracie received some news. He wouldn’t need to cut more weight, and his fight with Michal Pasternak would be for the vacant light heavyweight title.

Gracie, who stopped James McSweeney in his promotional debut in December 2014, faces the undefeated Pasternak at ONE Championship 41, which takes place Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Gracie moved up to 205 pounds after leaving the UFC, but his upcoming clash will be for the 225-pound title. The promotion recently made some changes in their weight classes, and the 205-pound weight class is now called middleweight.

Eyeing to become the first ONE light heavyweight champion, the Brazilian is also interested in adding another belt to his collection right after.

“The opportunity came and I accepted it right away,” Gracie told MMA Fighting. “I’m feeling great, and I can’t let this opportunity pass by despite being a division above. If everything goes right, my plan is to call out the middleweight champion next and win two belts, but let’s focus on this fight first.”

More than adding a title on the line, Gracie’s clash with Pasternak is now a five-round fight, but the jiu-jitsu specialist expects to finish his opponent before the third round.

“It affects the strategy and the psychological aspect because I was training for three rounds, so you have to change your strategy a bit since it’s five rounds now,” he said. “It changes a lot. But I think it’s a great opportunity.

“If I had to predict, I’d say it won’t get past the second round. I’ve studied my opponent a lot and he’s super tough, but I’m very confident and believe in my game. If everything goes as I plan, I think I’ll defeat him in the second round. But it’s a tough fight. He’s undefeated, and anything can happen. We’ll see what happens.”

Pasternak enters the cage with a perfect 11-0 record including three submissions victories, and Gracie, the biggest champion in jiu-jitsu history, wouldn’t be surprised if his opponent tries to grapple.

“Among every opponent I’ve faced so far, he might come believing he can survive against me on the ground,” Gracie said. “He won an ADCC trial in Poland, so that shows he’s not a fool on the ground. Jiu-jitsu has grown a lot in Poland, so winning a trial shows that his level is above the average. It depends on how much he believes in his jiu-jitsu.

“His strategy is always the same in his previous fights: he likes to take his opponent down,” he continued. “He has done that in every fight, so he might have the confident to work against me on top, but I don’t think he wants to be on his back. However, no matter how much he wants to change his style, when you get tired you tend to do what is more natural to you, so he will try to take me to the ground.”

Gracie is one of the best grapplers in jiu-jitsu and submission history, and believes that being feared on the ground helps him no matter where the fight stays.

“It makes it easier sometimes because when you’re too worried about not being taken down, you don’t attack too much standing,” he explains. “How many times we see people getting taken down when they throw a punch or a kick? If he’s worried about going to the ground, since my jiu-jitsu is way higher than his, he won’t even want to attack me that much so I don’t have a chance to take him down, and that also gives me the opportunity to use my stand-up skills.

“I never had the chance to show my striking skills, and in my last fight I was able to get a knockout. People have to worry about my jiu-jitsu, and now they know I have evolved standing. That makes me twice as dangerous.”

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‘Buchecha’ vs. Roger Gracie 2, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Satoshi Ishii set for Metamoris 7

Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.

In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.

Almeida and Gracie are two of the most decorated grapplers in the sport. The pair met once before in the headlining match of Metamoris’ inaugural event in Oct. 2012. After 20 minutes of back-and-forth action, the bout ended in a draw, as Metamoris rules dictate the only way to win a match is by submission.

Gonzaga (17-10) and Burns (10-1) are the latest in a long line of UFC fighters to test their skills under the Metamoris umbrella, following in the footsteps of Chael Sonnen, Josh Barnett, Rory MacDonald, and several others before them. Both men are jiu-jitsu black belts, with 15 shared submission wins in MMA between them.

As with past Metamoris events, Metamoris 7 is expected to stream via online pay-per-view. Tickets go on sale March 21.

A trailer for the event along with an updated fight card be seen below.

Metamoris 7 Fight Card

  • Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida vs. Roger Gracie
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Satoshi Ishii
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Dillon Danis
  • Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs
  • Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes
  • Secret match

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