Huerta returning to action against newly released War Machine
After a period of soul searching Huerta, who is currently teaching and training at Phuket Top Team, has decided to return to competitive MMA,
“Fighting for me is in my blood, it’s in my DNA and its something I will always have a passion for. It’s been very instinctual for me from growing up and now I think that a lot of things are starting to fall into place and I want to fight again,” he said.
His next fight will see him moving up in weight to 170 lbs to take on colorful TUF veteran War Machine, who spent a large portion of the year behind bars. Huerta describes the move up in weight as an experiment but believes that cutting too much weight might have adversely effected him in recent fights,
“What I started to realize is that I don’t have a lot of fat to lose so I was losing strength and muscle and I started to fight weak and I don’t know if I wasn’t doing the weight cutting properly. I’ve fought at 170 before and at catchweights like 160, 165 and then I started dieting to fight at 155 and did very well but it started tapering of so I wanted to try this out, its like a trial run to see how I feel competing at this weight. When I train I am grappling with heavier guys and I’m as strong or stronger as the guys who fight at 170 lbs and I thought to myself, ‘I can still have the same strength at 170 lbs but I will have more speed’.”