Reviewing the record of Roger "El Matador" Huerta
I noticed, apparently for the first time, the name on his sole loss: Ryan "The Lion" Schultz
It's nearly four years on since their Superbrawl 36 match, and both men have made fantastic strides in their careers. Huerta is now a legit UFC Lightweight and Sports Illustrated cover boy; and Schultz is the reigning IFL Lightweight Champion, clubbing previously-undefeated wunderkind Chris Horodecki at the Grand Prix Finals in December. Both of them are versatile fighters, good wrestlers with most of their wins by (T)KO but perfectly happy to tap someone out. Both of them are on winning streaks.
While Huerta has the more impressive win-loss record and fights in the deeper waters of the UFC, Schultz has arguably faced a higher caliber of competition in recent years. In addition to the wins over Huerta and Horodecki, Schultz fought Gesias Calvancanti to a Draw, and lost matchups with Hermes Franca, Bart Palaszewski, Rich Clementi, and Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
Meanwhile, Huerta clearly hasn't faced many guys at his own level. His inability to finish Leonard Garcia shouldn't be misconstrued as any kind of a draw, it was more about Garcia's chin. It wasn't until Clay Guida came along that Huerta fought someone at his own level, and we learned something about Huerta's character in the face of adversity. Like a miniature Nogueira, he took a lickin' and kept on tickin', and submitted the guy that Din Thomas, Tyson Griffin, and Marcus Aurelio couldn't.
A cross-promotional fight between the IFL and the UFC looks about as likely as my getting Jessica Biel in the sack, but is this a rematch you'd pay to see? And how do you think it would play out?