Roger Huerta will return to the welterweight division in November. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Roger Huerta will return to competition on Nov. 26, when “El Matador” locks horns with fellow UFC veteran War Machine at Ultimate Warrior Fighting’s inaugural show in Pharr, Texas.
Huerta tweeted news of the matchup on Thursday and also confirmed that the bout would mark his return to the welterweight division. Little is currently known about the UWF event, save for its date and location, but the Huerta-War Machine pairing is expected to serve as the main event.
Known for putting on exciting fights during his tenure with the UFC as a lightweight, Huerta has lost four of his last five. Following consecutive Octagon losses to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard, the 28-year-old debuted successfully with Bellator Fighting Championships in April 2010, submitting Chad Hinton with a kneebar at Bellator 13 to advance to the Season 2 lightweight tournament semifinals.
Huerta did not progress further in the tournament, however, as he was bested by Pat Curran in the semis one month later at Bellator 17. Most recently, the native Californian was stopped by Bellator lightweight king Eddie Alvarez in a non-title bout 11 months ago at Bellator 33.
Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, has lost two of his last three fights after stringing together five straight wins. Likely best known for his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 6,” Machine officially debuted with the world’s largest promotion at the season finale in 2007, knocking out Jared Rollins in the third round.
The 29-year-old was defeated in his second and final UFC appearance, losing by submission to Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Machine’s last outing came in July, as he was submitted by John Alessio at Tachi Palace Fights 5. The welterweight had another upcoming fight scheduled in addition to his date with Huerta -- an Oct. 15 pairing with Gideon Ray for the Chicago Fighting Championships -- but the bout was scrapped after both men suffered injuries.