3 Questions: UFC Fight Night 19

By: Jake Rossen
Sep 15, 2009


Is Roger Huerta an actor, a model, or a fighter?

More than a year after losing a decision to Kenny Florian, Huerta has avoided press attention; instead of signing a new UFC deal, he opted to concentrate on an acting career. Swell if he can make a go of it -- though most can’t -- but where’s his head? Fighting requires a certain clinical mentality that’s absent from the casting call/manicured world of performing. You couldn’t ask for two more disparate lifestyles. Gray Maynard does not care about his headshot.

Will Melvin Guillard’s anti-wrestling wrestling work against Nate Diaz?

Against Gleison Tibau in a controversial spring ’09 bout -- one in which he took a contested decision -- Guillard struggled mightily to avoid being placed on his back, but expended a lot of energy doing it. Diaz is a few inches taller and has a spider-like relationship to anyone he’s trying to plant on the ground: draw them in, contain, and smother. If Guillard can stay off of his back, Diaz may soon join his brother in Strikeforce.

Will Brock Larson ever get any respect?

Larson is 32-years-old. He has only two losses in 28 fights. Nobody has made it out of the first round against him in over two years.

So where’s the attention? Larson’s muscular attack makes him one of the more formidable athletes in the welterweight division. After contending for the WEC title in 2007 -- a loss to Carlos Condit -- he hasn’t yet been granted an opportunity to show whether or not he belongs in the same discussion as Mike Swick, Martin Kampmann or the rest for Georges St. Pierre’s title. Fighting the nameless Mike Pierce isn’t going to do much to push him in that direction. For a division as barren as this one -- GSP has beaten virtually everyone of note -- Larson’s UFC run has been on a treadmill.

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