A trio of bouts have been officially added to ONE Fighting Championship's upcoming quadruple-header, including the return of onetime UFC standout Roger Huerta.
Huerta (21-7-1, 1 NC), a lightweight who currently serves as head wrestling coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Phunket, Thailand, has been out of competition since suffering a brutal second-round knockout loss via soccer kick to Zorobabel Moreira in June 2012. Counting the Moreira loss, Huerta holds just a 1-6 record over his last seven contests.
"It woke me up. I'll be honest," the 31-year-old told MMAFighting.com of the slump last year. "I blame myself. ... I don't want to say I was self-destructive, but I just didn't care for my well-being, I suppose. I was just doing things to do them."
Having turned around his life, Huerta now returns to challenge undefeated newcomer Christian Holley (10-0) at ONE FC 19. The Englishman is a formidable finisher, having ended seven of his 10 victories inside the first round.
ONE FC 19 is scheduled to take place August 29, 2014 at Dubai's World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Four championship bouts headline the event, including the return of ONE FC lightweight titleholder Shinya Aoki and the sophomore showing of former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.
An updated ONE FC 19 fight card can be seen below.
- Nobutatsu Suzuki vs. Ben Askren (welterweight title)
- Shinya Aoki vs. Kamal Shalorus (lightweight title)
- Koji Oishi vs. TBA (featherweight title)
- TBA vs. TBA (vacant middleweight title)
- Roger Huerta vs. Christian Holley
- Ana Julaton vs. Irina Mazepa
- Herbert Burns vs. Hiroshige Tanaka