So I'm sitting here at work watching old MMA fights as I always do. The joys of working from home
. Anyhow. I'm here watch UFC 63, and a fighter I haven't thought of in a long time pops up on my TV, Roger Huerta. I instantly thought to myself. Wow, shame what happened that guys career. Here we have a guy who seems to be the next big thing. First MMA fighter on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Debuts in the UFC with a fight of the night. Goes on to finish his next fight. Has his second fight of the night against Leonard Garcia. Racks up two more finishes, and then here he is in his sixth fight in the UFC. Main event against Clay Guida. Not only was that fight of the night, it went on to win fight of the year. At this point he's already looking like the next champion. He has all this momentum behind him, all this hype, just everything going for him. Then along comes Kenny Florian. He drops the fight against Kenny, and everything comes to a screeching halt for him. Drops his next with Gray Maynard, and then leaves the UFC. Only to be signed by Bellator. Winning his debut in Bellator. He then goes on to drop four straight losses. Three of which he is finished in, and his last loss being a brutal soccer kick KO leaving him stretched out. By this time now he's just become something of the past. A name people rarely mention, if at all. Last I heard from him, he was in Thailand enjoy durian fruit, ladyboys, and working on his Thai boxing. So good for him.
Basically all of this got me thinking. When does a fighter throw in the towel and call it a quits on their career? How long can a fighter flirt with father time before they find themselves in a Chuck Liddell situation? The sad thing about Roger is that he's only 31 years of age as of now. Look at guys like Hendo, Wanderlei, Cro Cop, Rodrigo Nogueira, etc. All of them way up there in age, all of them still fighting. When does the time come when you say enough is enough?