Since leaving the UFC in 2014, Brendan Schaub has become a popular podcast and MMA thinker. Prior to that, Schaub had a decent prospect in the octagon.
went to the UFC through Ultimate Fighter. He finished second in the tenth season of this series and lost to Roy Nelson in the final. After a hiccup with his first defeat, Schaub scored four wins, including significant victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop.
However, the former NFL player’s reserves in the UFC collapsed with a series of KO losses to Minotauro Nogueira and Ben Rothwell. In his recent podcast, Schaub discussed the career trajectory of another former UFC prospect; Roger Huerta.
Schaub used Huerta as a practical study of why young fighters should think twice about trying to set conditions with the UFC.
“But remember, he was so big he tried to save the UFC, do you remember what happened to him?” Said Schaub, pointing to Huerta [ht sportskeeda]. “They said,‘ Great friend, do you remember Fight Nights, your main event, and do we offer paid and other things to see you? Now what we do is we put you on the shelf. “
“Do you want to have your last two fights? … Do you want to try a free agency? Well, it hurts our brand, ”Schaub continued. “So what do we do, you’re on a rocket ship and we pull the fuel out of it. We pull you onto the bench so you don’t belong. When you fight. We give you the worst game, good luck ‘… They destroyed it.
Uerta made his UFC debut in 2006 with a victory over Jason Dent. He then had a 19-second technical knockout over John Helverson and then a victory over Leonard Garcia (again winning the Night War).
Shortly after that fight, Huerta was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. He was the first mixed martial artist to decorate the cover of that story edition. In 2007, Huerta’s player status was regularly mentioned in UFC broadcasts. That same year, he won a technical knockout over Doug Evans and Alberto Crane, and defeated Clay Guida in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finals.
Guida wins the Battle of the Year. Huerta also set a record for most UFC wins in a calendar year (5). As the year 2008 approached, the 20-1-1 (1 NC) Huerta was one of the hottest stars in the sport.
Then everything started to fall apart. After eight months out of the lineup, Huerta lost to Kenny Florian and returned to the field. After this defeat, Huerta said he was taking an unknown break from the sport to focus on his acting potential. He eventually returns to Gray Maynard more than a year later to reverse the split decision.
Huerta and the UFC soon parted ways. Since then, Huerta has played 4-10 in the Bellator and ONE Championships. His last fight was a technical knockout defeat to Chris Gonzalez in the Bellator 255 race last April. Later that month, he was released from Bellator.