by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Roger Huerta, now 4-0 in the UFC, will make his return to the Octagon on August 25th when he takes on Alberto Gonzalez Crane. He stopped by MMAWeekly Radio recently to talk about the fight and his career of late.
Since gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated a few months ago, Roger Huerta has become one of the most popular fighters in the sport, but the Texas native doesn’t let the hype get to him too much.
“I try not to think about it,” said Huerta about his newfound fame. “I’m a fighter first and foremost. People are like ‘you’re an awesome fighter, you’re a great fighter’ and it’s awesome because I hope I am. I come in there and I try to bang and put on a good show.”
His upcoming bout will be a showdown with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert and former King of the Cage lightweight champion, Alberto Gonzalez Crane.
Huerta admits that Crane is a dangerous opponent harnessing one of the best ground games in the lightweight division.
“I’d be stupid to say I’m going to go on the ground with a black belt in jiu-jitsu guy like that,” Huerta stated about his opponent. “This is MMA, it’s mixed martial arts, so I’m going to go in there and do what MMA is about which is to bang. If it goes to the ground, it goes to the ground. If it’s standing, it’s standing. So basically it’s wherever the fight takes, I’ll go and that’s where we’ll end up.”
In this fight, Crane will be returning to action for the first time in over 2 years and ring rust as well as cardio could play a major factor in the bout.
“It could definitely be a factor, especially with me, I’m really conditioned,” said Huerta “One of my biggest assets is that you fight me, you better be ready to go forever. I’m not going to gas. I’ve got gas in the tank and I’m ready to go for a long time. To my opponents and to Alberto, I hope he’s well conditioned.”
A student of Dave Menne, Huerta has fought a variety of fighters with varying styles in his fights this year, but his training regimen stays the same.
“I train the same basically for every opponent,” stated Huerta. “Basically with that said, is just going 100 miles an hour. I just come in there to bang and to fight. I’m a fighter and that’s what I do.”
With his growing popularity and tremendous skill, the question always comes up for Huerta. When does he want a shot at the title?
“I’ll be ready whenever,” said a confident Huerta. “It just depends when Dana White, Joe Silva and my manager Monte (Cox) decide. Whenever, whatever those guys think. Whenever they think it’s the time for me to go for that.”
The bout with Crane will be the fourth this year for Huerta, but he feels he would like another turn in the Octagon before 2007 expires.
“To me, I believe there should be one more fight in me before the year ends.”
With UFC 74 just a week away, Huerta seems confident going into his fight with Alberto Crane and wants to make a statement following his previous fight with Doug Evans.
“You guys will be in for an awakening,” said Huerta about the upcoming fight. “I’m quite awakened after my last fight when I fought Doug (Evans). I got two weeks notice and a week and three days of training really at the same time so much was on my mind and I was just so flat in that first round. I have a lot to prove again. I’m hungry, I feel like I need to go in there and put on a good show again.”
Huerta will get his chance when he faces Alberto Gonzalez Crane on August 25th in Las Vegas on the main card of UFC 74.