Hey, in case you forgot, former UFC fighters Roger “El Matador” Huerta and War Machine (Jon Koppenhaver) are going to do battle tomorrow night at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas under the Ultimate Warrior Fighting banner.
The two men hit the scales today for their welterweight tilt and both hit the mark at 170lbs.
After starting off his UFC career with six straight victories, Roger Huerta hit a skid, suffering two straight decision losses to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard. The 28-year-old free agent then signed with Bellator, where he went 1-2 during the promotion’s second season lightweight tournament, losing to Pat Curran and Eddie Alvarez. Huerta last appeared in action against Alvarez, back in October of 2010; he lost that bout via doctor stoppage. He has since dabbled in film work, but has spent most of his time in Thailand, where he’s been training and is now opening a new gym.
A competitor on the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, War Machine was cut from the UFC in 2008 after a submission loss to Yoshiyuki Yoshida for making disparaging comments about the then-recently deceased Evan Tanner. War Machine would then be released by Bellator before ever fighting with the promotion for making derogatory statements about Barack Obama. The 29-year-old competed in various regional promotions before pursuing a brief career in porn. He was arrested for separate counts of assault for bar altercations and was eventually sentenced to a year in jail. War Machine was released this past July 15, but remained active until just days before he was incarcerated, his last appearance coming on July 9, 2010 and resulting in a submission loss to John Alessio.
It will remain to be seen how Huerta will adjust to competing against a slightly larger fighter at welterweight, but he’ll also likely benefit from not having had to cut weight for this fight. The big question surrounding War Machine is obviously how much of an affect his jail stay has had on his skill and conditioning, which is probably a fair bit. He’s only had a few months to get sharp and back in shape, whereas Huerta has been immersed in training this entire time. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen El Matador compete, but word is he’s been on the mat frequently over the past year and he appeared to have a technical edge over War Machine before his jail stint anyway. Look for Huerta to finish this fight early.
To watch the fight (which costs $9.99) through GFL Combat Sports, click here.