Roger Huerta (16-1-1) will face Leonard Garcia (9-1) — not Alvin Robinson (8-1) — at UFC 69: "Shootout" in Houston, Texas, on April 7, according to UFC.com.
Earlier we passed along news from Mike Meltzer at WrestlingObserver.com — a man more often right than wrong — that Huerta would face Robinson in a lightweight clash.
However, that fight is no longer scheduled and possibly never even existed — not sure really what happened. Perhaps Robinson was injured in training or never agreed to the terms of a contract.
This news actually broke late last week, but I never had the time to get it up on the site until now.
Like Robinson, most of Garcia's experience is with the Ring of Fire mixed martial arts promotion based in Colorado. More than 75 percent of his wins come by of submission, meaning Huerta will have to be careful on the ground.
UFC 69 will mark the UFC debut of "Bad Boy" Garcia.
On a related note, Steve Seivert at the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the UFC 69 gate continues to grow.
Here's a snip:
"... UFC 69 next month in Houston is on pace to draw in the neighborhood of 12,000 fans. As of late last week, 10,000 tickets had been sold, generating $2.3 million for UFC coffers thus far. About 1,100 tickets remain in the first wave of tickets released to the general public. Should that supply be tapped out, the UFC would open up another wave after it makes a final site visit to Toyota Center late this month."
For the complete and final UFC 69 fight card click here.