Goiti Yamauchi Out, Roger Huerta In Against Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 205

Roger Huerta returns at Bellator 196
Roger Huerta Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Another shakeup to the Bellator 205 card sees Roger Huerta stepping in against Patricky Freire in place of Goiti Yamauchi.

Bellator 205 continues to struggle with injury woes. Just days after it was announced that headliner Pat Curran was out of his main event bout with A.J. McKee, the card has suffered another blow. This time, it’s Goiti Yamauchi who has pulled out of his fight with Patricky Pitbull. In his place, however, steps Roger Huerta, making his second trip to the Bellator MMA cage in his current run with the promotion.

According to a report by ESPN, who first broke the news, Yamauchi was forced off the card due to injury. In steps Huerta (24–10–1 (1)), who is 2-1 in his last three, though coming off a loss to Benson Henderson at Bellator 196 in April.

That 2-1 stretch doesn’t paint the full picture, however. After winning six straight bouts in the UFC in 2006-2007, capping it off with the Fight of the Year in 2007 against Clay Guida, Huerta went into one of the sport’s most notorious tailspins. Since August of 2008, a full decade, Huerta is 4-9, including a 2-3 stretch in ONE Championship, and now two runs in Bellator MMA.

Patricky Freire (19–8), better known as Patricky Pitbull, is the elder brother of Bellator featherweight champ Patricio Pitbull. Patricky remains a force at lightweight, and has won three straight bouts against Josh Thompson, Benson Henderson, and Derek Campos. Huerta will give him another shot at adding yet another notable name to his resume, albeit one of the downside of his career.

Bellator 205 takes place September 21 in Boise, Idaho at the CenturyLink Arena.