Following his UFC 87 bout against Kenny Florian on Saturday, UFC lightweight contender Roger Huerta will have just one fight remaining on his current contract with the UFC. While a win over Florian would essentially guarantee Huerta a shot at the 155-pound title, he’s unlikely to challenge for the belt unless he agrees to terms with the UFC on a new deal.
According to Dave Meltzer at The Wrestling Observer, Huerta and the UFC remain “far apart” in negotiations with Huerta seeking a deal better than current lightweight champion BJ Penn:
“Huerta, who has one fight left on his contact after the Florian fight, is far apart with UFC on terms for a renewal. Huerta, who has gotten a new agent, was asking for six-figures guaranteed per fight as well as points on the PPV, in negotiations that havenâ€™t gone well for some time. Thatâ€™s a better deal then Penn, so he wasnâ€™t going to get it. The UFC position is that they groomed Huerta and pushed him hard and were careful of his opponents, with the exception of Clay Guida.”
Huerta recently made headlines for expressing his displeasure with the UFC in an interview with Fight! Magazine.
“The truth is, I donâ€™t really care if I fight in the UFC or somewhere else,” Huerta said. “[I want to work] for a company that is as loyal to me as I am to them.”