Former UFC lightweight star Roger “El Matador” Huerta entered into the Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament after exiting the UFC on the heels of two losses. The street fighting sensation advanced past the first round with an impressive win over Chad Hinton at Bellator 13 but lost his place in the tournament when he came up short against Pat Curran one month later. The stars would align for Huerta however, as Curran was forced to withdraw from the fight that he earned against Bellator Season 1 Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and “El Matador” was chosen as his replacement. Huerta appeared today on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with host Ariel Helwani and discussed the opportunity that he has been granted in fighting Alvarez. Props to MMAMania for the transcription.
“I really don’t care about the title,” Huerta said. “For me it’s just getting back up there on the rankings. You just can’t hold anything back. “You obviously saw what happened to Josh Neer and the other opponents he’s faced. But again, he is human, and he is beatable. The things that we’re working on, we’re going to have to take him out of his comfort zone to win. It’s been like I’ve been given another chance and it’s one of those things like, ‘Alright, this is it. This is for all the marbles. You probably won’t ever, ever get a chance like this again.’ And I was really stoked about it and I’m just going to give it everything I have now in my training. [All my] dedication and focus all on this guy.”
Huerta was most recently in the news for coming to the defense of an accosted woman outside of an Austin, Texas night club. A video of the incident made the internet rounds depicting Huerta possibly knocking the woman’s attacker unconscious. Huerta will be looking to repeat that success in the cage when he takes on Alvarez this October 21st at Bellator 33, which is scheduled to take place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.