On Saturday night, UFC 131 is all about heavyweights Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos fighting for a shot at gold against heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Though another heavyweight, up-and-comer Dave Herman, will be taking on Jon Olav Einemo just two fights under the main event and is one to keep an eye out for in the future of the division.
Herman (20-2) is a very experienced fighter, despite only being in the sport just over four years. He has fought in various top promotions over the past years including Bellator, Sengoku and Shark Fights. Herman is coming into his UFC debut riding a two-fight win streak. Most recently, he defeated Yoshihiro Nakao via unanimous decision. What made the fight unique to Herman’s career was the fact that it went all three rounds. Over the span of 22 professional fights, “Pee-Wee” has only gone the distance once. For a man whose career is composed of mostly first round finishes, one decision stands out, but that’s beside the fact.
For Herman, his Octagon debut will give him an opportunity to move into the mainstream of MMA. At this point in his career, it’s time for him to take a step up in competition and get serious about fighting. Although Einemo will be entering the cage for the first time since November 2006, we all know anything can happen in a fight so neither fighter should take the other lightly. Herman has also begun working with MMA legend Dan Henderson at Team Quest. The move of camps should potentially bring nothing but good for Herman, as he begins his ascent up the heavyweight mountain this Saturday night in Vancouver.
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