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Bellator releases several notable fighters, including Roger Huerta – MMA Root



Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) isn’t the only mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion making cuts to its roster – Bellator MMA has also recently parted ways with several fighters.

Among them is Roger Huerta, the former Sport’s Illustrated cover boy who suffered a third-round TKO loss to Christopher Gonzalez at Bellator 255 earlier this month. The loss was the fourth in a row for “El Matador,” bringing his record to 1-6 with the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

Additionally, veteran featherweight Brandon Girtz is no longer with the company after an eight-year stint that saw him go 8-8. He is 2-6 in his last eight fights and is currently on a two-game losing streak. He was last seen losing to Henry Corrales by split decision at Bellator 250 in October 2020.

Call Ellenor, Arbi Medhidov, Frans Mlambo, Paul Redmond, Ryan Roddy, Rishis Smullen and Gabriel Varga were also part of the cuts, according to a report from MMA Junkie.

Bellator will return on May 7 with a Bellator 258: “Archuleta vs. Pettis,” featuring a bantamweight title fight between division champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis. In the co-main event, Yoel Romero and Anthony Johnson dance the tango in the final opening round of the promotion’s light heavyweight Grand Prix.

Additionally, Valerie Loureda returns to face Hannah Guy, while Michael Page faces Derek Anderson in a pivotal welterweight fight.

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