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Report: Roger Huerta to fight on December card

Roger Huerta
No rest for the weary.

UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta is in talks to return to the Octagon on December 29, which would put a ribbon on a very busy (and perfect) 2007 thus far.

"El Matador" already has four victories to his credit this year with wins over Alberto Crane (technical knockout), Doug Evans (technical knockout), Leonard Garcia, (unanimous decision) and John Halverson (technical knockout).

And according to, Huerta isn't finished just yet.

Here's the snip:

"At Saturday evening's WFC MMA event in Minneapolis, Roger Huerta announced to the crowd that he is looking to have his next fight on the UFC's December 29 event. I was able to speak to Roger for a few minutes after. He said he'd recently returned from London and is finalizing the details of the Dec. 29 date with the UFC. Huerta also stated there is no opponent lined up as of yet."

Huerta has come a long way since his Octagon debut last year. He is now one of the most marketable fighters in the organization and has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

With a win at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on New Year's Eve weekend Huerta would no doubt be a frontrunner to receive "Fighter of the Year" honors from the organization.

The only real knock on Huerta is that he has yet to fight a "big" name in the division. That might all change, however, before that ball drops in Times Square.

Huerta will join the pay-per-view (PPV) event that is headlined with the championship bout between 170-pound titleholder Matt Serra and challenger, Matt Hughes. Wanderlei Silva is expected to return to the Octagon that night, too, as well as Evan Tanner when he tangles with Dean Lister.

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