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El Matador: From humble beginnings to UFC's brightest young star

Roger Huerta is surprised he is still alive, let alone on the cusp of being the biggest star in mixed martial arts. Story

Updated: December 6, 2007, 3:46 PM ET
By Mary Buckheit | Page 2

Roger Huerta had to teach himself how to survive. He had no choice.

Sounds simple, but that's probably the biggest factor leading to Huerta's swift rise to prominence in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since a mixed martial artist endures an attack on his life each and every time he steps into the octagon, the basic requirement of the sport is simply the ability to survive. And Huerta's childhood taught him nothing if not that.

"I can't believe I'm here," the 24-year-old ...

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