December 10, 2008

Popular lightweight Roger Huerta has mended fences with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He signed a new five-fight contract on Monday with the industry leading promotion. Sources close to Huerta confirmed the deal to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.

In August, Huerta drew headlines for a controversial interview he gave to FIGHT! magazine in which he criticized the UFC's pay structure. He later amended his comments during the post-fight press conference for UFC 87, where he lost a unanimous decision to Kenny Florian in a contender bout for the lightweight title.

"All I was saying, is that as a business decision -- and you can't argue about this -- it's in all businesses," Huerta said. "If another company offers you something better for you and your family, you would do that. It's the logical thing to do, and that's all I was saying."

Prior to the Florian loss, Huerta was undefeated in six appearances in the UFC since debuting at UFC 63 in September of 2006.

Huerta is expected to fight again in March, though no opponent has been named for his return. He is currently training in Minnesota with mentor DaveMenne and `strength and conditioning coach Justin Heagan.

Huerta is also one of the dozen fighters that IGN.com has confirmed as being on the roster for the Spring 2009 release of the new UFC Undisputed 2009 video game being developed by THQ.

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