Roger Huerta Says He Has Nothing to Prove With ONE FC 19 Comeback
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.27.2014
He's not feeling the pressure...
Roger Huerta spoke with MMAjunkie about his return to fighting at ONE FC 19. Check out the highlights:
On his last fight, a loss in 2012: "If it ended that way, then fine, it ended that way. It's not like I have something to prove."
On why he hasn't been fighting: "To be honest, I had no interest. It wasn't like this desire or anything I really wanted to do. It just kind of happened. That's the way I wanted it to be if I was ever going to come back and fight. I wanted it to just happen. I wanted my body to feel right, everything to feel right, and it has."
On people worrying too much about the future: "They forget now, today, this moment. I live in Thailand, and I ride a motorbike. At any time, something could happen, and I could be gone. Remembering that keeps me from thinking too much about what's in the future. If I was constantly thinking about the future, then I wouldn't be enjoying the moment."
On his career heights in the UFC: "But I didn't appreciate any of that at the time. In the beginning, I was so into it, I wanted to become the best fighter in the world, and then it started to be about something different. There were managers pulling me left and right, other people as well, all just getting in my ear. Man, I wasn't having fun anymore. It was a lot of pressure, and I don't think I took it well. I wasn't fighting to be the best in the world anymore. It was more, ‘Can I get a better contract?' It was different, and I didn't like it."
On the last four years: "I know I'm better than that, than the last four years, for sure. Was my heart in it then? No. Was I training well? No. Was I fighting injured a lot? Yes, I was. But it's not like that anymore. … Now I'm having fun. It's my team. I love being around them. I don't feel pressure anymore."
On what happens after ONE FC 19: "I can't tell you what's going to happen after this. Who knows? I can't tell you I'm going to fight again, honestly. I'm living in the moment. For me, now it's just about competition, trying to be the best, because one day it'll end. One day it'll be where I can't come back and fight. But that day isn't now."