*Update* Due to injury Raja Shippen had to withdraw from the fight. Josh Huber posted the following on social media.
"Was originally supposed to fight in July. Got pushed back to August. I've spent MONTHS getting myself into the best shape of my life just to have the rug pulled out from me at the last second. My opponent is injured and out of the fight. Doesn't look promising finding a replacement either. This fucking sucks!!!
The news is full of how Sparta Combat League is booming, but there’s very little going out about one of the men who helped shape Colorado MMA as it stands now and literally dropped bombs of his own inside the cage! You might have heard his name, or if you were brave enough, stepped into the cage with him. If you had, you most likely lost. Because the man I’m talking about isn’t just a fighter. He’s a Colorado legend!
I’m talking about Josh “Hellboy” Huber, a man with 50 fights to his name. 14 Amateur, 4 pro Muay Thai, and 31 pro MMA fights. Huber is now 21-10-1NC as an MMA fighter out of Factory X Muay Thai in Colorado. Defeating high level opponents such as Manuel Gallardo, an undefeated, 6-0 at the time, Clay Wimer, and the very tough Yomi Heredia. These may not have been his best battles, but they clearly tell the story of Josh Huber's presence in Colorado MMA.
“Over eleven years, I’ve averaged four fights a year. In just two weeks, I will fight my 50th fight. It’s a bittersweet milestone because I still haven’t gone as far as I want to. It has been a crazy ride, I have had some very low lows, but I’ve never lost faith in myself.” Huber stated on social media.
When speaking of his lows he may be referring to his loss to Cory Sandhagen, or perhaps even the time he lost three fights in a row. But if you look back over his career you can see that losses do not hold "Hellboy" back in the slightest. After losing to Sandhagen, Huber came back with a vengeance, sealing three victories in about six months. All of them were submissions, two of them in the first round! Even after suffering three straight losses, he came back and took on fighters with similar records as those he lost to, and won three straight!
"I know that I am a great fighter and my day is coming. I will continue to climb. August 19th is just the next step." Said Huber to his fans. "This is the match up you've all been waiting for! I have the superior ground game, this dude is gonna have to bang with me. Here it is! One last chance to prove I can win the big one. I've been training harder than ever, and I'm fully prepared to go to war!"
His opponent is Raja Shippen (California native, resides in Australia) has had a very storied fighting career of his own, boasting an 18-11-1D record. Raja has seen his share of ups and downs as well. Early in his career he suffered four straight defeats and found himself with a 3-7-1 record. Raja picked himself up and turned everything around, noting that he made bad decisions and chose to surround himself with negative people. He must have made some excellent changes because he went on to 11 straight victories over the years 2012 to 2014. At that point Raja hit another low, losing three in a row. In 2016 he came back, yet again, with three wins in that year alone and ending up with a 4 fight winning streak coming into the match with Josh Huber.
Some things you can expect from Raja Shippen are vicious kicks and elbows as he trains with the Australian Top Team in Sydney, Australia. You can also expect some take downs and choke attempts as he has ten submission victories, usually by rear naked choke. Shippen has traveled out of Australia to fight in Thailand, South Korea, and the USA. His confidence is high and he looks to claim the 135lb SCL World Championship belt from Josh Huber on August 19th in Denver, Colorado at the Crowne Plaza!
Here's a video of Shippen's most recent victory.