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Roger Huerta inks multi-fight Bellator contract despite recent submission loss

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Bellator 196: “Henderson vs. Huerta” took place at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary on April 6, 2018. In the main event, Benson Henderson submitted Roger Huerta less than one minute into the second round. This was presumably bad news for Huerta, who admitted he signed a one fight deal in the hope he’d get a more lucrative contract after a big win.

Bad news turned into good news, though, as Bellator has given Huerta a long-term deal after all. They may simply have been grateful that Huerta saved its show by agreeing to fight Henderson when the original James Gallagher vs. Adam Borics main event fell through. Late replacement Gerald Harris got a similar offer for similar reasons after he stepped in at Bellator 198.

Here’s what Huerta had to say about Bellator doing him a solid with a multi-fight contract.

“I’m really happy to get an extended deal done and signed with Bellator. Looking forward to getting back in the mix at 155. I think there are some great match-ups for me. I mean this when I say it, you can expect some good fights out me this next go of it. I wasn’t pleased with my performance in Budapest. I froze. Take nothing away from Benson but now that’s out of the way, it’s time to get down to business.”

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