Roger Huerta is aware of one thing wants to alter if he’s going to show his profession round.
The MMA veteran is switching issues up in hopes to snap a three-fight skid that marks his second Bellator run. Among the many a number of adjustments Huerta (24-12-1 MMA, 1-5 BMMA) is implementing, his mentality and strategy to combating stays on the high of the listing.
“My head, man, it’s simply my head,” Huerta informed MMA Junkie. “I’ve to get out of my head and let my, I went to some locations and like I used to be going to temples and a whole lot of issues final yr. It was a bit of too unusual and ultimately now I’m simply going again to how I used to be as an athlete.
“I’ve been in athletics since I used to be 13. I performed soccer, I ran monitor and filed, I wrestled in center faculty, highschool, faculty after which I began combating. So I’m simply going again to that and principally simply being within the driver’s seat realizing I can do that.”
Huerta believes he obtained too religious and holistic in his strategy to MMA, and he’s now going again to his roots and embracing the grind.
The change in mentality got here after his most up-to-date defeat – a unanimous determination loss to Sidney Outlaw again in November at Bellator 234. Huerta felt his abilities didn’t translate into the battle and feels he’s a significantly better fighter than what he confirmed that evening.
“It was actually proper after my final efficiency, it was one of many weirdest, unusual instances of my life,” Huerta stated. “I simply, (expletive), man, I felt like an newbie. I used to be like, ‘What was that?’ I don’t realize it was bizarre. It was simply actually an odd factor and hopefully these would perceive like, ‘Hey, give him a freebie and let him do his factor.’ I’m simply asking for that.”
The UFC, ONE Championship, and Bellator veteran needs to ensure he doesn’t come off like he’s discrediting his opponent, however he feels his efficiency was subpar that evening in Tel Aviv. Huerta stated he simply couldn’t pull the set off.
Aside from pondering it’s a psychological hurdle he wants to deal with, Huerta doesn’t discard the concept he would possibly’ve got here again too quickly from a shoulder surgical procedure he needed to endure after getting in a bike accident.
“This wasn’t talked about earlier than, however I used to be in a bike crash and I had surgical procedure on my shoulder,” Huerta added. “It was form of weak as nicely, so perhaps I used to be gun shy from that, however I might say psychologically it was actually unusual too. It was odd. To not take something away from my opponent, or the blokes who’ve beat me, however I simply know mentally I haven’t been there but, however I shall be.”
Following the defeat in November, Huerta modified coaching camps. He’s nonetheless coaching out of Phuket, Thailand, however he’s now not with Tiger Muay Thai. There was no beef or in poor health will in his departure from the workforce, Huerta simply wished to hit the reset button and begin contemporary.
The 36-year-old shall be mixing his coaching in numerous gyms, however plans to make Absolute MMA one among his major gyms. Huerta will keep on with competing at 155 kilos.
Regardless of being deep into his 30s and having a prolonged run in fight sports activities, Huerta is assured he can flip issues round. He takes inspiration in UFC middleweight Yoel Romero, who at age 43 continues to be contenting for championship belts.
“Man, I take a look at a man like Yoel Romero for instance, and if this man continues to be at this, and clearly I’m not evaluating myself to Yoel Romero – he’s an Olympian and what not – however he’s human,” Huerta stated. “So I take a look at a man like that and he’s motivating me to proceed coaching, keep self-discipline, eat proper. After all I do cheat a bit with some pizza and a few pastries right here and there, however I don’t drink alcohol I haven’t had alcohol in 4 years now. So yeah, I simply keep self-discipline.”
Huerta realize it’s not straightforward to turn out to be champion, particularly at his age. Nonetheless, he nonetheless has that objective in thoughts and believes perhaps his previous hiccups have come from forgetting on what his final objective is on this sport.
“Obviulsy the title is what retains me going,” Huerta stated. “Reaching that belt and and turning into a world champion – that’s what I would like. I began to return into why I’m doing this and it was that I wished to be a world champion. I simply steered off that and now I’m again on that path. That’s what retains me going and hopefully I get to achive that. If not, I gave it my greatest.”