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Roger Huerta is the latest fighter to be announced for ONE Fighting Championship: 'Destiny of Warriors' which is taking place in Kuala Lumpur on June 23rd. His opponent is yet to be confirmed but it will represent a return to action for "El Matador" after suffering a rib injury in the third round of his fight against War Machine last November.
Huerta, who is based in Phuket, was one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC but decided to leave in return for a lucrative Bellator contract. He has faced the likes of Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard and Eddie Alvarez in his career but has struggled recently with three straight losses.
He's also starred in the movie Tekken and was the first mixed martial artist to ever be featured on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. Huerta's celebrity status is such that when he was caught on camera chasing someone who he had just seen assaulting a woman, it was headline news in the US.
Potential opponents include Eduard Folayang, Ole Laursen, Zorobabel Moreira and Shinya Aoki and Huerta can also fight at welterweight which would open up the possibility of match ups with Fabricio Monteiro, Yuya Shirai and even Phil Baroni.
One fight which is confirmed for ONE FC: 'Destony of Warriors' is between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts Marcos Escobar and Rodrigo Praxedes. Both are Brazilian but Escobar is a long term resident of Kuala Lumpur and the owner of Leverage MMA there while Praxedes is based at Phuket Top Team.
They are two of the most decorated BJJ practitioners in the region and this fight will be one for the grappling enthusiasts. So far seven of the fights on the card at Stadium Negara have been confirmed with Huerta awaiting an opponent and more announcements imminent.
This is the fourth card from ONE FC and the calibre of the fighters is improving constantly with Huerta, Renato Sobral, Melvin Manhoef and Tatsuya Kiwajiri all signed and Shinya Aoki set to appear later this year, either in Manila in September or Singapore in October.
ONE Fighting Championship 4: Destiny of Warriors
June 23, 2012 -- Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Renato Sobral vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
- Masakazu Imanari vs. Leandro Issa
- Eddie Ng vs. Arnaud Lepont
- Gregor Gracie vs. Adam Kayoom
- Allamurad Karayev vs Roldan Sangcha-an
- Peter Davis vs. Kim Hock
- Marcos Escobar vs Rodrigo Praxedes
- Roger Huerta vs TBA