Roger Huerta and Brandon Girtz among nine fighters released from Bellator
Roger Huerta is no longer a member of Bellator.
According to MMAJunkie, Huerta is among nine fighters that have been released from the promotion. Huerta was once considered one of the top fighters early on in his career, but for different reasons, he never panned out. According to the report, it’s uncertain if all these nine fighters were released, or just didn’t re-sign.
Roger Huerta is 24-13 and one No Contest and is on a four-fight losing streak. Last time out, he suffered a TKO loss to Chris Gonzalez back at Bellator 255. His other three losses came to Sidney Outlaw, Patricky Freire, and Benson Henderson. Before signing with the Bellator again, he was on a two-fight winning streak after picking up a win at Phoenix FC 4 and ONE Championship. Huerta went 6-2 in the UFC, but after back-to-back losses to Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard, he went to Bellator for his first stint and went 1-2 including a loss to Eddie Alvarez.
Brandon Girtz, meanwhile, has not competed since Bellator 250 in October of 2020. He is on a two-fight losing streak where he lost a split decision to Henry Corrales and a decision to Myles Jury. He’s just 2-6 in his last eight with wins over Saad Awad, and Luka Jelcic. In his career, Girtz does have notable wins over Derek Campos, Melvin Guillard, and Drew Dober way back in the regional scene days.
The other nine fighters released are Cal Ellenor, Frans Mlambo, Arbi Mezhidov, Paul Redmond, Ryan Roddy, Richie Smullen, and Gabriel Varga. It should be noted most of the nine fighters released are European fighters as it has been speculated that the Bellator Euro Series is no more due to the pandemic and the promotion not traveling there.
As of right now, none of the nine have inked deals with other promotions but the European fighters should have options in Cage Warriors and KSW among others.
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