UFC lightweight superstar Roger Huerta (20-2-1) has reportedly turn down a five fight contract extension with the UFC in order to pursue acting.
“I’m not burned out [with fighting],” Huerta told Sherdog.com. “I have one fight left with the UFC and I want to honor that. As soon as they tell me to fight, I’ll fight my last fight on the contract.”
Huerta landed a role in the film “Tekken” and enjoyed acting so much that he has decided to dedicate himself to the craft while he’s still young.
“I saw that you have to dedicate as much as you do to training for a fight as you do for an acting role and I’m intrigued by that … I’m 25 years old. I see Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture and they didn’t really hit their primes till their thirties. I’m only going to be young so long and I know that movies and agencies and what not want the young look.”
Huerta is eager to take some time off from fighting, but is adament that he will eventually come back to the sport and the UFC.
“The UFC is my home and it is my family and eventually I’ll come back,” said Huerta. “Pursuing the modeling and acting thing, that’s kind of where I’m at right now. The fighting will always be there. I’ll always have that in me. The truth is I’ve been fighting my whole life for everything, and this to me, is something else.”
Also, according to unspecified sources via Sherdog.com, Huerta was offered to headline UFC 95 opposite Joe Stevenson, but declined due to personal family issues. Stevenson will instead face Diego Sanchez in his lightweight debut.