MMA: Is Roger Huerta Ready for a Title Shot?

Ryan WalesSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2008

The rumors are swirling that Roger Huerta will be on the August UFC card in Minneapolis.

My first thought was that this is positioning for a possible title shot for the Matador. He is on a short list of fighters who are ready for a shot.

That list may actually only have two names on it, Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian.

Florian had a chance at the strap late in 2006, but lost a decision to then champion Sean Sherk.

Huerta should get the winner of the upcoming Penn vs. Sherk fight.

The guy has won six straight in the UFC, normally I would say that he hasn't fought a top 10 guy, but they are hard to come by in the UFC lightweight division.

Huerta has beaten what has been served up to him and done so in stunning fashion.

He is one of those guys who has the ability to give fight of the night every time he steps in the cage. 

If Sean Sherk, a Minnesota native, beats Penn, he would love a chance to fight in front of a hometown crowd.

If Sherk wins the belt and the UFC doesn't put Sherk vs. Huerta on the card, it would be a colossal mistake. Three local fighters in the top two bouts, bottle that up and you got liquid gold!

The only other fight that I would be willing to accept would be Florian vs. Huerta for a No. 1 contender spot. It would finally give us a true No. 1 contender and a chance to prove my "Kenny Florian really isn't that great" theory.

Huerta will get a title fight, it's simply a matter of when and if he has to get through  Florian to do it. 

Dream just announced that they will be having the Aoki vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante rematch at the next card. This just reminds me how the UFC really stacks up in lightweights and it's not pretty.

The UFC has one or two legitimate top 10 guys.

Before the hater comments start, I ask that you go watch Aoki, Calvancante, Gomi, Gilbert Melendez,  Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, and Kawajiri.

Then you can try to argue that UFC has a great lightweight division.