Lightweight Contender Roger Huerta Speaks Out Against The UFC

In a recent issue of Fight Magazine, UFC lightweight contender Roger “El Matador” Huerta lets it be known, his frustration with the UFC and the way they treat there contract fighters.

Huerta brings up a good example of Keith Jardine, who has been co-headlining main events for over a year now and still only receives 10k a fight. Come on, the guy beat Chuck Liddell!

Huerta is one of a growing number of Zuffa-contracted fighter who feel that there is a disconnection between the company’s success and the way fighters are compensated. Huerta’s disillusionment with the UFC began when he did press tours for his employer in Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and London and received a $50 per diem for his troubles. It sounds like a a good deal until you factor in time away from training, friends, and family, days often stretch twelve hours or more, and an exchange rate of one UK pound for two American dollars. “Why do you think I don’t do PR for the UFC any more?” he asks.

He’s also unhappy with the terms of his current contract, but to Huerta, the press tours underscore a larger point: by and the large, Zuffa does not treat its contracted fighters with sufficient loyalty or respect. He argues that many UFC fighters barely make enough to cover their training expenses. He brings up teammate Keith Jardine repeatedly, incensed that a main event fighter is working for ten and ten- $10k to show and 10k to win – while his opponent regularly makes ten times as much.

Huerta’s expression hardens and becomes more animated as talk turns to endorsements. The common counter-argument for complaints about fighter pay is that fighters often make more from endorsements and sponsorships than they do for competing. But Huerta has soured on the system after receiving lowball offers from companies who expect fighters to jump at the chance to endorse products. He rails against a Fortune 500 company for offering a deal to build him as a spokesman that included unpaid work. “Are you serious?” Huerta ask. “I know Dale Earnhardt Jr isn’t doing appearances for free.”

“The truth is, I don’t really care if I fight in the UFC or somewhere else,” Huerta says. The fighter says he understands that Zuffa has to keep an eye on the bottom line, but he wants to work, “For a company that is as loyal to me as I am to them.”

Roger Huerta will take on Kenny Florian at UFC 87 on August 9 from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.

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Comments

  1. that is true huerta… ufc better start to treat there fighters fight or they are going to lose the number one stop

  2. I have to agree, huerta is one of th eyoung up and comers that could be around for a while and hes already pissed off about pay and other issues. They better get it together before they lose everybody.

  3. I hate when people complain about a contract that they signed. WTF? Show some balls and hold out for what you want or go somewhere else. The problem is that somewhere else keeps going under.

    The UFC's loyalty is to the dollar bill. Now that they have millions of idiots for fans. They could care less about the real fans that want to see fights like Fedor VS Randy. They'd rather under pay some losers to keep the TUF fans watching.

  4. jake that was a great point..

  5. it was a great point, but unless a card has three sometimes two depending on who it is fights I really want to see I am not going to get it because some of the cards are pretty shitty. If some of the fan favorites fought more than once every six months the ufc could do alot better in my opinion and we wouldnt have to wait nine months at a time to see a title defended. If and IF! affliction takes off with the staying power that fedor brings alot of fighters could be jumping ship, most the talent in the heavyweight division is gone already.

  6. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    Tomorrow's headline: "Huerta released from the UFC!" lol After this it wouldn't surprise me too much.

  7. ROGER U R RIGHT UFC WANTS WAT IS URS, MR. WHITE

    IS A CHEAPEST MAN,MAN,MAN,MAN. UFC MAKES MILLIONS WHEN THEY GO ON PAYPER VIEW. DANA PAY THEM HOW SUPOSED 2 BE.

    I WISH TITO WOULD OF FOUGHT U HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    RANDY,TITO,HUERTA ETC. PEOPLE U DONT SEE SOMETHING WRONG.

    ELITE XC & SHOW XC,WEC IS BETTER THAN UFC MOST OF TIME WHO WANTS TO PAY 4 PAYPER VIEW I CAN SEE

    FREE LIVE FIGHT ON ELITE XC & SHOW XC,WEC.

    IS THE REASON DANA IS PUTING MORE FIGHT ON SPIKE.

  8. very true jake

  9. Well, someone had to say it.

  10. Jake is right, he did sign the contract. But I'm glad he brought this out, or the interviewer brought this out. Keith is a great example of someone who has give a lot, proven themselves as a contender, and not compensated. It makes the other orgs look better since they don't have the restrictive contracts of the UFC.

  11. Oswald Gobblecock says:

    I hate entire posts that are in CAPS.

  12. It is a great time to be an mma fan with competition like affliction and elite. I love the ufc but I do think that they need to treat the fighters better if they want to keep them around. Of course, I have no idea what kind of endorsement money they make. I am very excited about affliction though. It's good to see Fedor fight in the U.S.A. Many good heavy weights will want to fight him and jump ship to affliction. And if you're anything like me, I love to see heavy weights fight – especially Fedor.

  13. guy that dosen' says:

    Jose, I didn't understand a word of that…..

  14. if roger signs onto anywhere but the UFC he will have gold around his waist in no time….the UFC is the best company right now and has the best fighters…not everyone of them but ALOT….so if Roger Huerta were to go to EliteXC, or Strikeforce he would be the champ guaranteed

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