by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
Many fans don’t know who Alberto Gonzalez Crane is, but he plans on changing that next Saturday night when he faces off against UFC lightweight star Roger Huerta.
While Crane’s first test in the Octagon isn’t an easy one, he brings a lot of tools to the table that could lead to a very exciting fight with Huerta. Alberto is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who has competed in Abu Dhabi and in Grappler’s Quest. He is also a former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion. Undefeated at 8-0, with only one victory by decision, Crane is a submission expert who likes to finish the fight.
Alberto Gonzalez Crane hasn’t fought since January of 2005, but is now refocused on his MMA career. “I took a break. I worked. I sat on the sidelines and watched everybody else.
“I thought about if I really wanted to do it. I’m back. Before I wasn’t committed, the difference now is I’m 100% committed.”
Crane has moved to Los Angeles and trains with Renzo Gracie black belt Shawn Williams as well as The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 runner up, Manny Gamburyan.
A couple of years ago, the lightweight division was non-existent in the UFC, therefore it was hard for the lighter fighters to make good money. Now with the UFC lightweight division being one of the most potent divisions in the world, there’re plenty of opportunities for rising stars to make a good living.
“It’s the best time ever to fight in the UFC,” said Crane.
Crane can instantly boost himself up in the lightweight division with a win over the very popular Roger Huerta. While Huerta has received the popularity, many fans feel he hasn’t been tested, yet. Huerta struggled badly in the first round against Doug Evans in his last fight, but rebounded to force a TKO stoppage in the second.
Crane knows that he has a tough task ahead of him, but is very confident in his skills. “I think he’s a real tough guy. He has great stamina. He’s aggressive. I think there’s a lot of holes in his game though and I want to take advantage of that. That’s just my opinion.”
Many fighters put pressure on themselves in their UFC debut, but Crane doesn’t feel that way. He’s just excited to be there and to be on the main card. “I’m not putting any pressure on myself. I’m just happy to be in the UFC. It’s something that I’ve been wanting for a long time and I’m excited. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to fight Roger and to fight in the UFC.”
Some people may believe that Alberto Gonzalez Crane would have some ring rust after not fighting for over two years, but he believes he’ll be fine. “I’ve been competing a lot in grappling, so I feel good.”
With UFC 74 coming up next weekend, this fight is definitely looking to be one of the most exciting fights on the card. “You can expect an awesome, dynamic, crazy fight. Don’t miss it.”