Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Goin' Down: Roger Huerta vs. War Machine

Roger Huerta and Mar Machine (Jon Koppenhaver) will face off on November 26 in the Texas border city of Pharr. The fight will take place on Ultimate Warrior Fighting's inaugural card. Both fighters return to cage action following year long layoffs.

Our last news of Roger Huerta involved a run-in with a University of Texas linebacker. Let's just say Huerta did the tackling that night. Huerta comes off of a 1-2 stint with Bellator.

Meanwhile, War Machine will return to the cage for the first time since being released from prison back in July. Felony assaults lead to his prison term. Before that TUF veteran was successful on the pro circuit.

UWF 1 will also feature special guest appearances by UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Mike Swick. Also, Phil Baroni will be cageside providing color commentary.

Via Go Fight Live:

Ultimate Warrior Fighting I Huerta vs. War Machine - LIVE on GFL Nov 26

Things are shaping up for the new Ultimate Warrior Fighting (UWF) promotion in the Valley. With their inaugural event set for the Pharr Events Center on November 26th, the entire UWF crew has been busy shaping up the card and organizing the myriad of components that go into building a quality event. With that in mind, we spoke to UWF promoter and owner Oscar Enriquez to get a little more background on who he is, what he plans for his promotion, and what he hopes to bring to the Texas MMA Scene through his work in the Rio Grande Valley.

"I got into MMA because I just love the sport," he told us. Traveling everywhere from Las Vegas to Philadelphia and everywhere in between to attend fights in recent years, Oscar caught the bug to go into the MMA business after a successful career in the blue collar world of general contracting, a business he's built over the span of over twenty years.

"I've been a general contractor for a long time and built that business but then I was ready to do something else," Enriquez mentioned. Dabbling into promoting through wrestling shows and primarily concerts in the past, his experience combined with his natural love for MMA facilitated this move into this new arena. His relationship with November 26th headliner Roger "El Matador" Huerta didn't hurt either.

"I've known Roger since way back when he was a kid. I've always believed in him and was cageside for his fight against (Eddie) Alvarez in Philadelphia. It was a good fight but it wasn't his night."

Roger has since spent the last year since that fight training in Thailand with Phuket Top Team while planning to open his own facility with UFC fighter Mike Swick. With the ever-popular fighter looking to make his return fight to MMA with a renewed vigor in a new weight class (170), Enriquez felt now was a good a time as any to get bonded as a promoter and hold his first show and try to get Huerta in as the headliner.

"I love this sport so much," he told us. It's the only sport in the world where you can see two guys get in the cage and do pretty much everything in their power to come out the better man. Karate, boxing, jiu-jitsu, grappling, it's the ultimate in combat and these guys are warriors."

So there you go, that's the story of how he came up with the name, "Ultimate Warrior Fighting."

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