It has been nearly three months since UFC lightweight Roger Huerta said ‘Thanks, but not thanks’ to a contract extension with the organization. Huerta has one more fight remaining on his current deal, and once that’s done he intends to focus on the big screen. However, nobody is calling him to let him know when his last scrap will be.
“To be honest I’m just waiting for that phone call,” Huerta said on this week’s edition of Inside MMA.
It was reported that the UFC offered Huerta a bout against Joe Stevenson at UFC 95 back in February, however he was forced to decline due to “personal issues with family and stuff.”
That rejection automatically extended his UFC contract by six months.
“(I’m waiting) for the UFC to give me a phone call and I’m able to fight my last fight,” Huerta said of being held hostage by the world’s biggest MMA organization. “I’m just kind of waiting on that.”
Before dropping his last Octagon bout to Kenny Florian at UFC 87, Huerta had won 16 consecutive fights. In addition to being one of the most exciting fighters in the division, Huerta is also one of the most marketable assets in the entire organization.
In 2007 he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, and his good looks and Mexican decent are key attributes that the UFC was hoping to exploit as they continue their quest of world dominance.
Huerta says that it’s time to start to look out for himself and his interests.
“To be honest, in the beginning it didn’t really hit me,” Huerta said of how quickly the past few years went by. “It really hadn’t hit me all. That was kind of the busiest year I ever had in my fighting career.
“I was always really – my focus was mainly on fighting and doing a lot of PR for the UFC. They were like my No. 1 priority at that time. It really didn’t hit me until after the (Clay) Guida fight. After that, everything kind of sunk in and I really started taking it in, like, ‘Wow. It really was a big deal.'”
Yo Dana, he just wants to try and make a living without having to get his pretty little face smashed in. Hit him up.