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.