Monday, March 15, 2010
Bellator Fighting Championships announced the signing of noted Mexican soap opera star Roger Huerta to their upcoming eight-man lightweight tournament today. Known for his recurring role as an itinerant worker in "La Banana del Amor", and for his gritty portrayal of Juan the Bumblebee in "El Beso de la Rosquilla", Huerta last saw combat at UFC Fight Night 19 in September, where he lost a close split decision to Gray Maynard. But that, plus a loss via decision to Kenny Florian at UFC 87 and a loss to Ryan Schultz back in 2004, mark the only blemishes on what is generally considered an impressive fighting career, and Huerta is the first MMA competitor to grace both the covers of Sports Illustrated and Telenovela Weekly. "We are very pleased to have Roger Huerta join our 155-pound tournament," said Bellator Mega Jefe Bjorn Rebney, who punctuated his excitement by throwing a sombrero to the ground and dancing around it with a rose in his mouth.