UPDATED 6/8/07: Roger Huerta has been scratched from UFC 74 and will instead be fighting atÃ‚Â The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 23rd.Ã‚Â
Roger Huerta's official Web site is reporting that "El Matador" will appear at UFC 74 on August 25 to face a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Huerta (17-1-1) has been perfect since joining the ranks of the UFC lightweight division, going 3-0 from his debut at UFC 63 back in September of 2006.
Aside from dazzling fans in his three-round war against Leonard Garcia, Huerta is also enjoying overnight fame as the featured cover of last week's issue of Sports Illustrated.
If true, Huerta wouldn't be the only lightweight contender rumored to appear on the August card. As UFCmania reported here back in April, Kurt Pellegrino may face off against the new and improved Joe Stevenson.
Should Huerta and Stevenson prevail, it will be interesting to see where they fit into the title picture following the Sherk/Franca championship bout at UFC 73.
Also prior to that the UFC lightweight division will have crowned a new TUF champion along with settling the Penn/Pulver feud.
It's hard to imagine there was a time when the UFC felt it had no use for a lightweight division.
And speaking of things that have been of no use, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before some unemployed PRIDE fighters find their way to the 155lb division.
Gomi/Diaz II anyone?