UFC lightweight stud, Roger Huerta, has not lost a fight in over four years. During that time, he has managed to win 18 consecutive bouts, with his last 6 coming in the UFC. Huerta is now looking to take that momentum into UFC 87 against fellow top contender, Kenny Florian. The winner of the bout is believed to be next in line to take on champion BJ Penn for the title.
August 9th will be the first time that Huerta has stepped foot in the Octagon cage in over seven months. Ring rust might be an issue, however Huerta has done his best to stay active in his training. He has sought out the best in the business to perfect his game. He knows that he will need to be at another level, not only against Florian, but Penn as well if he gets the chance.
“I feel really good mentally at this point…I feel relaxed and very knowledgeable as well, and I think that comes from being blessed with the guys I’ve been training with,” Huerta said in his UFC Blog. “I flew to Denver, Colorado last week to train with Trevor Wittman…and then we’ll all head down to New Mexico to work with Greg Jackson and Georges St-Pierre, and Nate (Marquardt) will be coming down as well.”
It is clear that Huerta has really been taken by the training regimen of Jackson. Huerta is now learning and practicing with literally the best in the business, in UFC welterweight champion, St-Pierre.
“I trained with (St-Pierre’s Muay Thai Coach) Phil Nurse for a week and a half in New York and I learned a lot of stuff from him,” Huerta stated. “Right after that I went to Montreal and trained with Georges for about a week and trained with Dennis Kang for a day. I’ve also been training with Jonathan Chaimberg, who is Georges’ strength and conditioning coach.”
If you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. And that is exactly what Huerta has done in preparing for the biggest fight of his career. Traveling all over the globe might seem like a hassle for most people, but when you are as focused as he is, it is a small price to pay when you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“I want to be the best ever,” stated a determined Huerta. “When it’s all said and done, that’s what I want to be known as. I don’t do this for the glitz and glamour or the hype that some other fighters do it for. To me, I honestly believe that I was put on this Earth for a bigger reason, and I’m trying to figure that out.”
There are fighters that say they want a title shot because it is the trendy thing to do. Huerta is a fighter that really WANTS one. In fact, he feels that he should have already had one, however the UFC decided to put one final challenge in front of him, and he isn’t going to shy away from it. In fact, it just gives him another opportunity to prove his worth.
“A win over Kenny puts me in the number one contender’s spot,” Huerta said. “There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It solidifies and distinguishes that I am the number one contender and that I deserve a title shot.”
Penn has made serious grumblings that he was going to move up a weight class to get his rematch against Huerta’s training partner, St-Pierre, however Huerta had one message to Penn about that saying, “BJ Penn, you’ve got one fight left before you go anywhere else.”