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Roger Huerta Talks Fight Preparation – Calls Out BJ Penn

Roger Huerta made the following statement via myspace bulletin:

“I feel really good mentally at this point, a month before I fight Kenny Florian at UFC 87. I feel relaxed and very knowledgeable as well, and I think that comes from being blessed with the guys I’ve been training with.

I flew to Denver, Colorado last week to train with Trevor Wittman. I’m here training with one of the best boxing coaches there is. I came here a week before Nate (Marquardt) fought in London to help him before his fight, and at the same time I got to know Trevor, who did some mitt work with me and helped me out. I fell in love with his training methods and his work as a striking coach and I knew that I had found my boxing coach. So I’m out here now and learning from him. I’ll be here until the 13th of July, and then we’ll all head down to New Mexico to work with Greg Jackson and Georges St-Pierre, and Nate will be coming down as well.

Before going to Denver, I trained with (Muay Thai coach) Phil Nurse for a week and a half in New York and I learned a lot of stuff from him. Right after that I went to Montreal and trained with Georges for about a week and trained with Dennis Kang for a day. I’ve also been training with Jonathan Chaimberg, who is Georges’ strength and conditioning coach, and when I was in LA recently, I trained with Justin Hagen, who was my strength and conditioning coach for the last year.

To some people, that’s a crazy schedule, and a lot of them ask me if I’m comfortable with moving around from place to place to train. Well, it kinda reminds me of when I was younger and I was moving around from place to place, not knowing where I was gonna live or stay, and it’s weird, but this is actually comforting. I have no other worries. I just have two suitcases – one with training gear, one with my street clothes – and that’s it. I get to crash on couches or some of the guys will have a spare bedroom, and I live like this because I’m taking this very seriously. I’m not joking around, and I want to be the best ever. When it’s all said and done, that’s what I want to be known as. I don’t do this for the glitz and glamour or the hype that some other fighters do it for. To me, I honestly believe that I was put on this Earth for a bigger reason, and I’m trying to figure that out.

But before all that happens, I’ve got to beat Kenny Florian on August 9th. A win over Kenny puts me in the number one contender’s spot. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It solidifies and distinguishes that I am the number one contender and that I deserve a title shot.

BJ Penn, you’ve got one fight left before you go anywhere else.”