Wondering why Roger Huerta (20-2-1) is nearly invisible leading up to his important fight versus Gray Maynard on Wednesday in Oklahoma City?
The embattled UFC lightweight asked his management to put a moratorium on media appearances. He might do a few things in the days leading up to the fight, but Huerta's representative Jeff Clark told SI.com on Thursday that the fighter felt distractions hampered preparation for his last bout in the UFC against Kenny Florian. He wasn't going to let it happen again.
The 26-year-old Huerta has only been out of the gym for a day, for a voiceover gig for the movie Tekken three weeks ago. Walking around at 163 pounds, "El Matador" appears to be in the best shape of his career, said Clark. Against Maynard, in the most important fight of his career, Huerta will need to be.
Buentello eyes UFC
It didn't help that Buentello was being represented in contract negotiations by Bob Cook, one of his trainers at American Kickboxing Academy who also serves as a matchmaker for Strikeforce. The relationship appears to be a significant conflict, and something Strikeforce should address.
During talks with Strikeforce for a new contract, Buentello confirmed he was offered a chance to fight Fedor Emelianenko. Yet, from his perspective, the money being offered -- $100,000 to show, another $50,000 for the win -- wasn't what he expected for the most important and toughest bout of his career.
After Sherdog.com broke the news on Thursday, Buentello said other fighters called him wondering how he managed to pull it off.