Roger Huerta at one point in time was the hottest prospect in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division.
He ran his record to 20-1, racking up wins over fighters like Clay Guida, Alberto Crane, and Leonard Garcia. Huerta even became the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated following his battle with Garcia.
His career then took a drastic turn. Mired in a very public squabble over his UFC contract, Huerta dropped his next two UFC bouts, to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard, both of which are now Top 10 ranked fighters. His contract fulfilled, he then left the UFC.
Several months later, he emerged as a marquee signing for the fledgling Bellator Fighting Championships. He won his first bout, but then dropped back-to-back fights to Pat Curran and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez.
That last loss, to Alvarez, was about four months ago, so the obligatory rumors of his pending retirement, especially considering his penchant for acting, started to flair up recently.
Like many athletes these days, Huerta took to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors on Saturday.
“Nah man all good. Just healing up and will be back at it in no time,” he wrote in response when asked if he was retiring.
He added that he currently doesn’t have any fights in the works, although MMAWeekly.com confirmed that he is still under contract with Bellator.