Roger Huerta is returning to MMA, but it won't be for his former contractor, the UFC.
Instead, "El Matador" will be joining the eight-man lightweight tournament starting this April for Bellator Fighting Championships, as first reported by MMAJunkie.com yesterday.
Huerta, 27, is a young fighter who is known for being the first UFC fighter on the cover of Sports Illustrated , and for his very exciting fights with fighters such as Leonard Garcia and Clay Guida.
With the addition, Bellator has now announced seven of their eight participants for the lightweight division, with the last name expected to come very shortly.
The signing of Huerta improves an already impressive division with lightweights such as Chad Hinton, Mike Ricci, and the unforgettable Toby Imada, well known for his "Submission of the Year" fight against Jorge Masvidal. With Huerta's athleticism and striking, it should make for interesting matchups for the rocketing organization.
One such matchup would include current Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez. However, for that to happen, Huerta would first need to make his way through season two of the lightweight tournament, en route to a fight with the current champ.
At the very least, Huerta brings a wealth of MMA experience to go with name value, and at this point, Bellator is very happy to bring in a warrior like Huerta to boost not only their tournament, but growing legitimacy as an top tier MMA organization.
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