Roger Huerta and his manager have officially entered free agency according to a report on Sherdog. Jeff Clark, Huerta’s agent, said that there has been interest in other organizations which was enough for team Huerta to look elsewhere to see if he could land a big deal.
In the world of sports, Huerta is technically a restricted free agent due to the fact that the UFC has a stipulation in all of their contracts which allow them to match ANY offer made by another promotion for up to a year.
It was rumored that Huerta’s UFC Fight Night 19 bout against Gray Maynard was supposed to be his last before venturing into acting but it seems as though his last two losses have sparked a new desire for the Mexican fighter.
“I’d definitely like to fight a top-caliber fighter like (Shinya) Aoki, (interim champion Gilbert) Melendez, or (champion Josh) Thomson. Obviously, I’d have to earn my stripes in that organization,” Huerta said regarding the possibility of joining Strikeforce.
Huerta was the first MMA fighter to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated and would be a great asset for the UFC, if he chose to continue his career there, because of the UFC’s continued interest to play a bigger role in Mexico.
Ultimately the decision will be up to Clark according to Huerta, who said that he’d leave the decision to either stay with the UFC or go elsewhere with his manager.