In a recent interview with FIGHT! Magazine, lightweight contender Roger Huerta spoke out against the less than fair treatment he claims to receive from the UFC, and leaves few details to the imagination:
“Huertaâ€™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. â€œWhy do you think I donâ€™t do PR for the UFC any more?â€ he asks.
Heâ€™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 would go on to reprimand wealthy sponsors who have attempted to â€œlow-ballâ€ him in the past, and capped things off with some concerning words for UFC brass and fans alike:
â€œThe truth is, I donâ€™t really care if I fight in the UFC or somewhere else,â€ Huerta says. The fighter says he understands that Zuffa has to keep an eye on the bottom line, but he wants to work, â€œFor a company that is as loyal to me as I am to them.â€
Huerta speaking out so publicly against the UFC is naturally a risky move (see Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz or Andrei Arlovski), but with only one fight remaining on his contract following his bout with Kenny Florian, its entirely possible that â€œEl Matadorâ€ has already decided to seek greener pastures once his contractual obligations are fulfilled.