Kenny Florian Deserves Criticism Too

Derek BolenderSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

Roger "El Matador" Huerta has been the subject of intense criticism leading up to his UFC 87 fight against Kenny "KenFlo" Florian for a number of reasons by MMA fans and the media.

Huerta will step inside the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN with a 25-1-1 career record with one no contest. He has rattled off 11-straight victories, including six straight in the UFC. 

Outside the ring, Huerta has a lot going for him as well. He's only 25-years old, he's good looking, and he is the poster boy for the UFC's expansion into Latin America. Huerta is of Salvadoran and Mexican descent.

In May of 2007, he also became the first mixed-martial artist in the world to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

With success and increasing notoriety comes criticism. It seems to have reached a boiling point heading into his matchup with Florian.

The main issue brought up by his critics has been the belief that Huerta has been protected by UFC management due to their interest in Latin American. 

The critics would argue that the protection has included the careful selection of mediocre opponents for Huerta to roll over to continue the hype train. 

While the motive behind the fight pairings remains unclear, there is clearly merit with regards to the quality of the opponents Huerta has fought in the UFC. 

In his six UFC fights he has defeated unranked Jason Dent, #92 John Halverson, #22 Leonard Garcia, unranked Doug Evans, #96 Alberto Crane, and #26 Clay Guida. These rankings are according to 


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