Roger Huerta is one of those new UFC sensations that everyone is talking about. The buzz around him is phenomenal, people say he is the future of the lightweight division, and Zuffa is hellbent on marketing him as much as it takes to build him up as their future posterboy, in the USA and in Mexico.
Most people will agree that Huerta is a very humble man. They will say that he is all class and that he is one of the nicest guys on the planet. That is all well and good.
But I must be one of the few oddballs here, but I find that Huerta gives off an arrogant vibe. I don’t think he’s humble at all, it just seems like that from the verbiage of his interviews but if you look at him, his manner, and the way he talks about his fights I feel he’s got a too-good opinion of himself (bordering on narcissistic) and that he is actually quite arrogant.
Just because people don’t talk shit about other fighters doesn’t mean they are humble or not arrogant. Again one only needs to look at his latest MySpace blog. He is actually surprisingly arrogant here even though he sounds “all classy” and that stuff.
For starters he is calling out BJ Penn, which by itself is already intrinsically arrogant, no matter how nice the words he uses to say it. Second, he details his jam-packed training schedule and shrugs it off as if to say it’s just a piece of cake. He goes so far as to say other people would find it crazy, but to him it’s easy. Get my drift? He chooses his words well and he is a real talker, and many people who don’t read between the lines equate that to “class” and “humility” but if you look at it deeper, Huerta is a rather arrogant person. ANd of course the big kicker. “I honestly believe that I was put on this Earth for a bigger reason.” Oh wow. Messianic complex there man.
That said I don’t dislike him for being arrogant. I don’t get why people think that you should hate arrogant guys, and like humble guys. I like a lot of arrogant fighters like Aoki and I hate a lot of humble ones like Forrest Griffin.
However, I do dislike Huerta for all the hype that’s built around him (mostly by the UFC; not Huerta’s fault) and how he isn’t proven yet in the cage.
Here’s to Huerta and Florian duking it out, and hopefully we see El Matador prove he is worth his salt, or perhaps the Huerta Hype Train will be permanently derailed. Either way it sounds like a good fight.