by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The waiting game for Roger Huerta’s fighting future is finally over.

The former UFC lightweight has signed a new deal that will see him compete in Bellator Fighting Championships starting this year, as announced by the promotion on Monday.

Huerta was last seen by MMA fans competing in the UFC last September, where he lost a split decision to Gray Maynard. It was the second consecutive loss for Huerta after dropping a fight to Kenny Florian as well, but previous to those two bouts he had won 16 fights in a row with one no contest.

His next stop will be as one of eight competitors in the upcoming Bellator lightweight tournament that will kick off April 8, along with other fighters such as last year’s runner-up Toby Imada, Chad Hinton, Ferrid Kheder, Mike Ricci, Janne Turlirinta, and Carey Varnier.

Always known for his aggressive style and fast pace, Huerta came to national prominence when he became the first ever MMA fighter to grace the cover of popular sports magazine, Sports Illustrated.

The fighter has also taken a turn in acting where he’s been working in several roles, the most notable being an actor in the upcoming movie “Tekken” based on the popular video game.

Stay tuned for more information about Huerta’s signing on MMAWeekly.com.