Having lost his last four buts between ONE FC and Bellator, the 31 year old Huerta is far from the man who won his first six bouts to start his UFC career and was a viable lightweight contender back in 2007. He fought the undefeated Christian Holley (10-1) in Dubai and handed him his first loss.
Roger Huerta’s first win since 2010 came in the form of a first round TKO.
Holley threw a head kick early in the fight, but slipped and ended up on his back, Huerta took advantage getting on top. Holley would quickly get back to his feet, and take Huerta down with a double leg. Using the fence, Huerta swept Holley to get on top in half-guard, and began landing knees to the head with Holley’s right arm trapped. Roger began alternating knees to the body and to the head of Holley, with little resistance from the British fighter. Huerta eventually moved to mount and pounded out Holley for the TKO.
“I want to thank my guys [Tiger Muay Thai] if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be competing again, I owe it all to them,” Huerta said. “I almost hung it up, I almost retired, I almost didn’t want to do it. This man right here [Huerta pointing at his coach], he got me back into it.”
“This is it,” Huerta said referring to Roger Huerta 2.0.