Inside Fights » Dave Herman Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Fights no Inside Fights has world-class coverage of Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing combat sports including news, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Fights » Dave Herman Dave Herman, Roger Gracie Lead Group Of Six Fighters Removed From UFC Roster Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:00:13 +0000 The UFC roster underwent a fairly small purge the other day as six fighters were removed from the roster of fighters. Roger Gracie, Dave Herman, Ednaldo Oliveira, Bristol Marunde, John Maguire, and Vinny Magalhaes are all gone from the webpage. At this point no official word from the UFC, or the fighters, has been given in regards to their employment with Zuffa sans Gracie.

Roger Gracie, coming off a decision loss to Tim Kennedy, completed his contract and isn’t expected to resign with the company.

Herman is coming off his fourth straight loss, this one to Gabriel Gonzaga via KO at UFC 162.

Oliveira, Marunde and Magalhaes were both finished at UFC 163, both notching their second straight loss in the company.

Maguire is on a three fight losing streak, his latest to Mitch Clarke at UFC 161.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Dave Herman Became the Biggest Washout in UFC History at UFC 162 With Loss To Gabriel Gonzaga Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:00:25 +0000 It’s hard to look at Dave Herman’s record, and history before he became a professional fighter, the potential for him to do great things in athletic competition was seemingly unparalleled. Despite never completing a season of high school wrestling he managed to walk on at Indiana University and become a starting caliber wrestler, something that just doesn’t happen at that high level. And he didn’t just become another guy, either: he wound up becoming an elite-caliber wrestler who finished ninth and probably could’ve finished higher if not for a bar fight that wound up getting him kicked off the team as a senior.

Mike Riordan did an amazing write up on it for Bloody Elbow if you want the particulars, of course, and when he became a professional fighter the ceiling looked like it had no limit. Before he came into the UFC Herman looked like a killer, a freakishly athletic heavyweight with a nickname ridiculous enough to make him interesting. And in his first fight, a wild brawl against Jon-Olav Einemo, Herman looked like he would be fighting for UFC gold sooner than later. He had been the best heavyweight prospect outside of the UFC/Strikeforce/Bellator, and by a wide margin, and looked like he would be among the elite level of talent soon.

He was a heavyweight prospect who looked like he just couldn’t miss. But then something funny happened: he missed. And he missed by a wide margin, too, despite being given every opportunity to become a hit by Zuffa brass. UFC 162 was the final nail in the coffin for Herman, who has just become the biggest waste of talent in UFC (and perhaps MMA) history.

Stefan Struve would stop him in a competitive bout more noteworthy for Herman’s appearance than his actions.

Roy Nelson would knock him out defiantly, the beer-gutted brawler laying out the yoked & athletic Herman in quick fashion.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would disprove Herman’s assertion that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t work in MMA by submitting him with an armbar in Big Nog’s native Brazil.

And the final indignity for Herman: after being a main card fighter on nearly every card after the JOE fight he wound up getting stopped in under 20 seconds by Gabriel Gonzaga well before the main event of the FX prelim fighters, behind an international TUF season winner and an afterthought on a spectacular undercard.

Throw in a pair of drug suspensions for Marijuana and Herman, with a 1-4 record in the UFC, came in looking like Samson but wound up fighting like Delilah. And it’s a shame because he will most likely get cut from the UFC roster after this fight to the regional scene. The one thing going into the fight, and seemingly every fight he was in, has been figuring out whether or not Herman cared as much about being an elite fighter as everyone else did.

It’s sad that question has now turned into a statement. Dave Herman seemingly didn’t care and his fighting career has reflected it. For someone with so much talent the fact that he would opt to train himself for a “do or die” fight says everything you need to know about Herman. He was someone who needed to go to an elite camp and manage his career on a higher level than “Oh well.” The fact that he could make it to the UFC without being known for working hard on sheer talent alone is something remarkable.

The fact that he fought five times in the company despite not appearing to care either way is another.

Herman is still young enough at 28 to turn things around and become the sort of heavyweight challenger he has the talent to become. He’s not in the same category as BJ Penn, who at age 34 is in a case of having wasted most of his prime by the time he put it all together. And if he does he could wind up being in that JDS/Cain/Cormier/Werdum category of eliteness at heavyweight. Until then he’s bound to go down as the biggest washout in UFC history.×120.jpg

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UFC 162 (Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman)- FX Preliminary Card [LIVE Play-by-Play] Sat, 06 Jul 2013 14:00:31 +0000 Welcome to’s live coverage of UFC 162 headlined by Anderson Silva defending the UFC Middleweight Championship against Chris Weidman. I’m Ryan Frederick and I am cageside for tonight’s event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned for live play-by-play coverage of the night’s preliminary card on FX. We also have full coverage of the Facebook portion of the preliminary card in the event you missed it. Be sure to stick around for our coverage of the PPV main card as well. Enjoy the fights everyone.

Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Referee: Herb Dean

Round 1- Herb Dean makes an appearance this evening. Both men rush to the center of the Octagon and Barboza looks to unload with some right hands. Barboza with a leg kick and they get in close quarters for a moment. Barboza lands a huge leg kick that gets the crowd going. Oliveira shoots for a takedown but Barboza defends it with perfection and lands another big leg kick. Oliveira misses on a combination and Barboza misses a leg kick. Barboza has Oliveira working on his striking defense. Oliveira misses on another takedown attempt. Barboza with another leg kick. Oliveria misses another takedown as Barboza stuffs it with ease. Barboza with another leg kick that lands and then a punch to the face. Barboza attacks the legs again with more kicks. Oliveria misses on a winging left hand. Oliveria misses again on another takedown attempt. Barboza sees them coming a mile away. Barboza with a body kick and another leg kick. Oliveira misses a right hand. Oliveira grabs Barboza but Barboza pushes him off quickly. Oliveira misses a left hand. Barboza barely connects on another leg kick. Barboza then lands a big kick to the thigh of Oliveira. Barboza with another two leg iicks. Oliveira is having trouble checking them. Barboza with a big leg kick at the end of the round. Both men stumble at the end. The crowd roars at the end. 10-9 Barboza.

Round 2- They touch gloves to start round 2. Barboza lands a big body kick. Barboza sends Oliveira down with a punch. Oliveira stays down to try to get Barboza to come to the ground but can’t do it. Oliveira briefly knocks Barboza down but Barboza gets back up. Barboza just barely connects on a leg kick. Barboza attacks the lead leg of Oliveira again and he is starting to show some pain in that leg. Barboza knocks Oliveira down again with another leg kick. Barboza is going after that leg and again knocks Oliveira down with a leg kick. Herb Dean steps in to stop the fight as Oliveira has taken a lot of damage to that leg. Barboza with the TKO win!

Official Result: Edson Barboza def. Rafaello Oliveira by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:44 of Round 2

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman

Referee: Kim Winslow

Round 1- Kim Winslow is in charge of this heavyweight bout. Herman coming in with three straight losses. Herman pushes Gonzaga off with a teet kick to start the fight. Gonzaga lands a big right hand that sends Herman down and with a few punches Herman is finished as Winslow steps in to stop the fight. Big, quick knockout win by Gonzaga as the Brazilian fans in the crowd go nuts and begin to chant.

Official Result: Gabriel Gonzaga def. Dave Herman by KO (punches) at:17 of Round 1

Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome

Referee: Steve Mazzagatti

Round 1- They take the center and Parke lands a big left hand to start. Both then land leg kicks. Parke misses on a big left hand but attacks the body of Tokudome. Tokudome lands a leg kick. Parke with another big left hand that lands. Parke misses on a front kick to the face. Parke lands another left hand that gets the crowd into it. Tokudome with a leg kick as Parke was looking to attack the body. Parke with another leg kick. Parke again lands that left hand and Tokudome is having trouble blocking it. Parke with a big leg kick again. Tokudome changes levels for a takedown but Parke stuffs it and they move against the cage. Parke looking for the takedown against the cage but Tokudome doesn’t go down. Parke gets him down though but they get right back up. Parke has the back of Tokudome and they go down to the ground. Tokudome ends up on top and is in the guard of Parke. Parke looks to sweep. Parke lands an elbow from bottom as he tries to create a scramble. Tokudome is holding him down from top but not doing much. Parke looks to transition to the back of Tokudome but can’t. Parke pushes Tokudome away with his forearm and they switch and Parke ends on top. Parke moves Tokudome against the cage but won’t have much time to work. The horn sounds and the round ends. 10-9 Parke

Round 2- Touch of gloves to start the second round. Parke lands that left hand ten seconds into the round. Parke with a check kick to the front of Tokduome’s leg. They trade in close quarters and Parke gets the better of the exchange. Parke lands a left hand and Tokudome is stunned. Tokudome goes for a takedown to recover and stays up. Parke makes him pay with some more left hands. Parke taking over at the moment. Parke lands the left hand and Tokudome staggers back to recover. Tokduome misses a takedown and Parke makes him pay with multiple left hands. Tokudome is in trouble. Parke lands a right jab. Parke lands the left hand again. He lands it again. Tokudome is having trouble keeping his hands up as he begins to fatigue. Parke scores a takedown and moves Tokudome up against the cage. Neither man is doing much on the ground at the moment. They get back to the feet. They separate and both land punches and Parke quickly takes the fight back down to the ground. Parke is in mount and Tokudome moves to his back and they scramble to a front headlock by Parke. Parke looking to lock in the guillotine choke. Tokudome has Parke’s leg and blocks any movement as they scramble back to the feet. Parke lands another big left hand and the round ends. 10-9 Parke. 20-18 Parke.

Round 3- They shake hands and bow to start the final round. Both land punches in close quarters. Parke switches up with a body punch. Parke grabs a leg of Tokudome and forces him up against the cage. Tokudome briefly lands a takedown but Parke ends up in the advantage position. Parke looks for a guillotine choke but Tokudome is defending. They battle for position on the feet and are clinched against the cage. Both land short elbows. Both men are starting to show signs of fatigue. Parke briefly gets a takedown but Tokudome rolls into the guard of Parke. Parke looking to create a scramble and get it back up, which he does. Parke misses on a left hand. Tokudome lands a head kick and Parke fires back with one of his own. Tokudome lands a head kick and is going on the attack. Tokudome scores a big takedown as he looks to steal the round. They get back to the feet though and Tokudome has Parke pressed against the cage. They split and get back to the center of the Octagon. Tokduome lands to the body of Parke. Tokudome misses on a combination. Parke grabs a leg and pushes Tokudome against the cage. Parke looking for the takedown with 20 seconds to go. Parke with the takedown with just under ten seconds. The horn sounds for the end of the fight. Close final round. 10-9 Tokudome. 29-28 Parke.

Official Result: Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig

Referee: Yves Lavigne

Round 1- Yves Lavigne gets the assignment for the final preliminary bout as both men are looking to rebound from losses. Craig starts with a leg kick as Leben misses a left hand. They are going after it early as Leben pushes Craig against the cage and looks for the takedown. Leben with a foot stomp and some dirty boxing. Craig lands a knee. Leben looking for the takedown but Craig stuffs it. Leben with a knee to the leg and a foot stomp. They split up and both look to land big hands. Leben pushes Craig against the cage again and is looking for that takedown, which he does get. They get back to the feet and are battling in the clinch. Craig lands a knee to cause separation. Craig lands a kick and Leben lands a left hand that puts Craig against the cage and they clinch back up. Leben with some body punches. Craig lands a right hand as Leben comes forward and they are clinched back up. Both land knees and Craig goes for a right hand on the break. Craig misses a head kick as Leben blocks it. They battle back against the cage and Craig has Leben against it until they break. Leben with a left hand and then he literally pushes Craig against the cage. They go to the mat for a moment and Leben has Craig against the cage. Leben with some left hands to the body as they split up. They get clinched again and Leben is attacking the body with left hands before they separate again. Craig shoots for a big takedown but Leben defends it perfectly. The horn sounds as they battle against the cage. 10-9 Leben.

Round 2- Leben presses forward to start the round as Craig comes out a bit tentative. Leben misses on a big left hand. They trade before Leben pushes Craig against the fence. Leben looking for the takedown but Craig is defending it well. Leben attacks with left hands to the body and Craig lands a big knee as they break. Craig lands a left hand but Leben shakes it off. Leben pushes him against the cage and is looking for another takedown but Craig blocks it. They are in the clinch again and both are landing. They break. Both are throwing some hard punches but hardly any are landing. Leben blocks a body kick from Craig. Leben runs forward after Craig and pushes him against the cage once again. Craig lands a knee on the break. Both land leg kicks. Both then trade punches. Leben misses a leg kick and Craig catches him with a leg kick. They tie back up and Craig pushes Leben against the cage. They switch and Leben has Craig against the cage and goes after the body with punches. Craig misses a combination. Leben keeps applying pressure as Craig circles which may get him the round. Back against the cage and the crowd is starting to boo just a little bit. Craig lands a knee on the break. As the round ends both land some punches that don’t do much damage. Close round. 10-9 Leben. 20-18 Leben.

Round 3- Both look to land big as they come out strong for the final round. This fight could be either way and they start to fight like it. Both men are swinging hard. Craig knocks Leben down with a big right hand and is looking to end the fight from the top. Leben is in survival mode but gets back to the feet and the crowd goes wild. Leben survived a hectic flurry from Craig there and both men look exhausted. The crowd starts chanting for Leben. They both land at close range. Craig forces Leben against the cage as they look to get the advantage. Leben has Craig against the cage and is landing to the body before they break. Craig knocks Leben back down and gets on top. Leben looking to make something happen from his back. Leben looks to throw his legs up for a triangle but Craig blocks it. They scramble back to the feet and the crowd cheers. Leben with a leg kick as he tries to make a comeback in the round with 90 seconds left. Leben pushes Craig against the cage but they quickly break. Craig shoots in and scores a big takedown. Leben again looking to make something happen from his back. Craig tries to improve by pushing Leben more against the cage. Both men get back to the feet and they separate. Craig gets another takedown which will secure him the round as there is ten seconds left. It will be a matter of how the judges see this round. Very close fight between Leben and Craig. 10-9 Craig. 29-29 Leben.

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Viewers Guide to the Undercard: UFC 162 Edition Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:00:53 +0000 The UFC’s Memorial Day weekend show is traditionally one of the biggest MMA events on the calendar and this year is no different. This Saturday, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will play host to UFC 162 where UFC Middleweight Champion, consensus P4P #1 and arguably the G.O.A.T., Anderson Silva will look to defend his belt against the 185lbs #1 contender, Chris Weidman. Weidman is seen by considerable sections of the media and many of his peers to be the greatest threat to Silva’s title and company record 16-fight win streak, as his greatest strengths lie in the one area that Silva has been troubled in the past, wrestling. However, Weidman is far from one dimensional as he also possesses a high level BJJ game and competent, evolving striking all of which have led many to believe that Weidman will be the man to finally dethrone Silva. UFC 162 does not stop there though, oh no. Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar will be taking part in his first three round fight in over 3 years when he does battle with fellow featherweight Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of the evening and we also have the return of a Gracie to the UFC as Roger Gracie makes his UFC debut against fellow promotional newcomer Tim Kennedy in the 185lbs ranks. Rounding off the main card will be what many are predicting to be a strong contender for Fight of the Night, as Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver lock horns in the featherweight division with the victor placing himself amongst the plethora of contenders for José Aldo’s belt. Now, where did those prelims get to?

Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben (22-9-0) vs. Andrew ‘Highlight’ Craig (8-1-0) -
Headlining the UFC 162 undercard is a middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Andrew Craig. Leben has found himself in a real slump of late and is currently 1-3 in his last four Octagon appearances. Having had somewhat of a career renaissance in 2010 where ‘The Crippler’ reeled off three straight wins, Leben has suffered defeats to Brian Stann, Mark Munoz and most recently Derek Brunson. That sensational 27-second KO victory over Wanderlei Silva seems a long way away now. Leben will look to bring his patented brawling style in to the cage with him this Saturday and recklessly hunt for the KO as he has for all the years he has spent entertaining us.

Craig recently described himself as Chris Leben 2.0 and it’s not too hard to see why. Craig possesses many of the same qualities as his opponent such as the ability to wade through punishment, a powerful striking game and a reputable gas tank. However, Craig does also have limitations like Leben and his lack of striking movement, speed and wrestling ability hinders any real progression as a threat in the middleweight division for now. Last time out Craig suffered his first defeat as a professional at the hands of Ronny Markes at UFC on FX 7 back in January and I am eager to see if the Texan can bounce back, particularly as this will be the most high profile fight of his career so far.

Gabriel ‘Napão’ Gonzaga (14-7-0) vs. Dave Herman (21-5-0) -
To his detriment, Gonzaga fell in love with his striking after KO’ing Mirko Cro Cop with one of the most iconic UFC finishes in history and this led to many sloppy performances from ‘Napão’ as he began trading strikes rather than dragging foes to the mat and utilising his high level jiu-jitsu which had fared him well previously. This tactic would eventually result in Gonzaga’s release from the promotion but after only one fight on the regional circuit, he was back. Gonzaga had found great success on his return to the UFC back in early 2012, as he started off his second stint with the promotion in impressive fashion by defeating both Ednaldo Oliveira and Ben Rothwell by submission. Last time out however, Gonzaga’s mini revival was halted by the fists and elbows of Travis Browne as the husky Brazilian was on the receiving end of a TKO loss, that at one point he had considered appealing due to the placement of some of Browne’s strikes. Gonzaga will look to rebound from defeat as he takes on Dave Herman.

Herman should be thanking his lucky stars that he is booked to fight this Saturday. Having triumphed in his UFC debut back in 2011 against John-Olav Einemo, Herman has suffered a serious downturn in fortune going 0-3 against Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira; being finished in all three encounters and even failing a post-fight drug test in the most recent bout with Nogueira. Herman does have the required ability to hang within the heavyweight division but has been fed a steady diet of competition which appeared to increase at the same rate as his defeats and Gonzaga is no gimme fight.

As Herman has openly showed distain for jiu-jitsu and Gonzaga is an elite level jiu-jitsu competitor, it would be foolish not to expect Gonzaga to want to try and test Herman’s theory at some point. Herman has reasonable submission defence but if we’re comparing the grappling credentials of both men, then there really is no contest if Gonzaga is able to take it there. If Gonzaga is unable to secure a takedown or is more than happy to trade with Herman, then the playing field is a little more even and maybe even slightly in Herman’s favour as 15 of the American’s 21 wins have come via KO/TKO.

Edson Barboza (11-1-0) vs. Rafaello ‘Tractor’ Oliveira (16-5-0) -
Before being surprisingly derailed by Jamie Varner back at UFC 146, Barboza was fast becoming one of the fighters to watch in the UFC’s lightweight division and was beginning to involve himself in title talk, particularly after his highlight reel KO of Terry Etim. Barboza would bounce back from the Varner defeat by dispatching with Lucas Martins this past January at UFC on FX 7 forcing his opponent to tap out due to strikes. Barboza was originally scheduled to fight John Makdessi this Saturday but this fight was nixed due to an injury sustained by ‘The Bull’ and as a result Barboza now faces fellow Brazilian, Rafaello Oliveira.

Oliveira managed to snap a two-fight losing streak last time out against Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC 148 and looks to secure back-to-back UFC victories for the first time in his career and in his second stint with the promotion. Oliveira is a black belt in BJJ but his best route to success in this fight will be to rush Barboza and look to close the distance in order to prevent his opponent from using him for target practice.

This is a bad matchup for Oliveira as he does not possess the skills on the feet to trouble Barboza, nor the required wrestling skills to take his foe to the ground and out of his comfort zone. Barboza is on a different level to Oliveira striking-wise and I feel that barring something bordering on miraculous from Oliveira, I think that Barboza has his way here. Oliveira is 1-2 in his previous three Octagon appearances and with another loss here it is unlikely that he’ll live to fight another day in the UFC due to the talent rich nature of the 155lbs division, in spite of his willingness to step up on short notice.

Mike Pierce (16-5-0) vs. David ‘Daudi’ Mitchell (12-2-0) -
First up on the prelims is a welterweight clash featuring Mike Pierce and David Mitchell. When you take a look at Pierce’s recent record, here is a guy making his twelfth appearance in the Octagon riding a three-fight win streak and is currently 4-1 over his last five UFC outings with the one loss coming via a highly contentious split decision defeat to top-10 welterweight Josh Koscheck. In spite of this, Pierce is left to languish at the bottom of the card and based on previous treatment, stands to gain very little with a win. While this seems incredibly unfair on Pierce, there is a method to this supposed madness. The UFC has built it success on providing high quality, entertaining fights for the fans and unfortunately for Pierce and his chances of receiving a little love from the UFC, he is anything but entertaining. Pierce’s style is downright horrible to watch in action. Yes, I understand that his craft has taken years to perfect, that he has considerable talent, a dedication to the sport and to have lasted so long in the world’s leading MMA promotion is commendable, but fans do not enjoy a three round long grind where it is evident that an opponent is never in any real danger of being finished. This is how Pierce works and this is why he is so far down the card.

Mitchell is on thin ice here having compiled a 1-2 record since signing on with the UFC back in 2010 and a loss to Pierce will likely result in his walking papers. This is all a far cry from when Mitchell entered the Octagon with an unblemished 11-0 record but consecutive losses to TJ Waldburger and Paulo Thiago looked to have stymied any hopes of a profitable career within the UFC. Mitchell was however given another chance to perform and he took it, defeating Simeon Thoresen last time out via decision at UFC on Fox 6. If Mitchell is to triumph in this contest it is likely to come by way of submission as 9 of Mitchell’s 14 wins have been as a result of a tapout.×120.jpg

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The Cut List – UFC 162 Edition Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:00:21 +0000 It is UFC Fight Week in Las Vegas, the biggest UFC week of the year. Pool parties, special events with special guest UFC fighters, free concerts, and a UFC Fan Expo featuring more UFC fighters than ever leads to the big event of the summer, UFC 162, which features the return of arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will defend the title against a man many are picking to score the upset and be his toughest challenge to date, Chris Weidman.

Competing on the biggest card of the summer is a highlight for many UFC fighters, and this fight card will be no exception. It may not be big on headline names, but there are many potentially exciting fights that will deliver for fans. There are also several fighters on the card who could be fighting for their jobs on Saturday night when they step inside the Octagon. It’s Fight Week, and that brings us another edition of The Cut List as we look ahead to UFC 162.

Charles Oliveira (16-3 1 NC, 4-3 1 NC UFC)
Who he’s fighting: Frankie Edgar
Why he’s on the list: Oliveira got off to a hot start in his professional career with twelve straight wins that made him one of the hottest prospects in the sport. Oliveira made his UFC debut on the heels of that win streak in August 2010, becoming one of the youngest fighters to compete inside the Octagon when he debuted at the age of 20. Oliveria scored two submission wins in his first two UFC bouts, taking wins over Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero in the span of six weeks to move his overall record to 14-0. As he moved up the rankings, it was inevitable that Oliveira would move on to face stiffer competition. He has since only won two of his last six fights, but his three losses were all to top ten ranked fighters- Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone and Cub Swanson. Oliveira has gone 2-1 since moving down to the featherweight division, and he’s looking to get back into the win column and avoid back-to-back losses. He doesn’t have an easy task in front of him in facing one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Chances of being cut with loss: 25%. Oliveira has tons of talent and has been taking very tough fights. This coming Saturday’s fight against Edgar will be the toughest test of his career as Edgar looks to get back on track after three straight losses. Edgar is in no danger of being cut with a loss, and with the level of competition that Oliveira has faced, he is likely in no danger as well. He still has tons of potential but has been disappointing in his losses. This is a huge opportunity for Oliveira and he has every chance to show he can compete for a title.

Andrew Craig (8-1, 2-1 UFC)
Who he’s fighting: Chris Leben
Why he’s on the list: Craig is another young and talented prospect who will be making his fourth appearance in the Octagon, and it will be the biggest fight of his career come Saturday when he takes on one of the stars from the original season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Craig built up a solid six-fight win streak to start his career and was invited to the UFC as an injury replacement in March 2012. He took on Kyle Noke in his UFC debut at UFC On FX 2, and after dropping the first round, Craig dominated the final two rounds to take home a unanimous decision. The same pattern followed in his second UFC bout against Rafael Natal at UFC On FUEL TV 4 in July 2012 as Natal had Craig in trouble. Craig, though, showed toughness and scored a comeback victory as he knocked Natal out with a head kick. After eight straight wins, Craig dropped his first fight in January, losing by unanimous decision to Ronny Markes at UFC On FX 7. Craig will get a chance to rebound from his first loss, but in facing Chris Leben, a guy Craig called out, he will be fighting a man with twice as many UFC fights as Craig has had professional fights.
Chances of being cut with loss: 60%. Craig is a talent and he is fighting stiff competition. A loss to Leben would not be a bad loss as Leben is well respected by fans and fighters and is seen as a somebody. Two straight losses would not be good for Craig, though, and he can’t afford a loss as much as Leben can. Even with a loss, Craig should get another shot in the UFC against someone in a similar position, but with the huge roster, especially at 185 pounds, nothing is guaranteed, except a win getting you another shot. Craig needs that win.

Dave Herman (21-5, 1-3 UFC)
Who he’s fighting: Gabriel Gonzaga
Why he’s on the list: Herman is quite the character, to say the very least. He started his career with a 20-2 record to receive an invite to compete in the UFC. Herman had a successful debut, scoring a second-round TKO victory over John-Olav Einemo in the ‘Fight Of The Night’ at UFC 131 in June 2011. It was around that time that Herman stated “jiu-jitsu doesn’t work”, and that quote has followed him around since then. He hasn’t tasted victory since that win over Einemo, though, having dropped three straight fights, which puts him in a must-win situation. Herman’s losing streak started against Stefan Struve at UFC On FUEL TV 1 in February 2012 as Struve scored a second-round TKO win. Herman then took a fight on short notice against Roy Nelson at UFC 146 in May 2012, and Nelson won the fight by knockout in just 51 seconds. Herman got another chance and took yet another short notice fight, this time against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153 in October. Nogueira won by submission, the first submission loss that Herman has suffered. Herman has been battling issues outside the Octagon as he is coming off a suspension after testing positive for marijuana, but he is being given one last shot in the UFC.
Chances of being cut with loss: 100%. It is plain and simple for Herman- he has to win if he is going to have an immediate future in the UFC’s heavyweight division. With three straight losses and two failed drug tests for marijuana, he is lucky to be getting another fight in the UFC. Taking fights on short notice likely helped, and he gets an opponent taking this fight on short notice in Gonzaga, who is looking to bounce back from a loss in July. Two big heavyweights in need of a win, and Herman will need to prove his famous quote to be true again if he is going to remain on the UFC’s roster. It is a must-win.

Rafaello Oliveira (15-5, 2-4 UFC)
Who he’s fighting: Edson Barboza
Why he’s on the list: Oliveira is in his second stint on the UFC roster, and he has had three fights in both stints, so this will mark the longer stint of the two. He is 1-2 in both three-fight runs, and most times a fighter could be cut following going 1-2. Oliveira was released after his first 1-2 run in the UFC. He had a win over John Gunderson sandwiched between his debut loss to Nik Lentz and a loss to Andre Winner. A four-fight win streak led to Oliveira being resigned by the UFC to be an injury replacement, and he returned at UFC 130 in May 2011 against Gleison Tibau. Tibau won by submission, and a knockout loss to Yves Edwards followed in October 2011, which was the first time Oliveira had suffered back-to-back losses in his career. Oliveira, though, was given another opportunity to compete in the Octagon. Injuries have limited him to just one fight since October 2011, which was a decision win over Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC 148 last July. It will be one year since his last fight, and he is taking a tough fight against Edson Barboza, and he is doing so on just over one month’s notice.
Chances of being cut with loss: 75%. A loss would be three losses in four fights in this UFC stint, and that would in all likelihood signal a UFC release. The only thing that could help Oliveira in a loss would be that he is taking a super tough fight as an injury replacement, doing a favor for the UFC. A win would guarantee a return trip to the Octagon, but Barboza is a five-to-one favorite. Barboza has been upset before, and he can be vulnerable, but Barboza is on a mission to become a title contender. It could be a tough night for Oliveira.

Brian Melancon (6-2, 0-0 UFC)
Who he’s fighting: Seth Baczynski
Why he’s on the list: Melancon is moving over from the Strikeforce promotion, and he will be stepping foot inside a cage for the first time in almost two years. Melancon had considered retirement if he didn’t get the chance to compete for the UFC, but he will get that opportunity as he fights Baczynski in a Facebook preliminary bout. Melancon was 1-1 in his two bouts in Strikeforce. He lost his Strikeforce debut to Isaac Vallie-Flagg in June 2011, but he bounced back to score his lone Strikeforce win over Felipe Portela in September 2011, which was his last fight. He was scheduled to fight in May 2012 against Yuri Villefort, but an injury forced him out of that bout, and he has been working on a career outside of fighting in the event a call from the UFC never came. However, that call came, and he will get to make his debut on July 4th weekend.
Chances of being cut with loss: 90%. Unfortunately for Melancon, he likely needs to get a win if he is going to remain on the UFC roster. There have been several Strikeforce fighters who got a fight in the UFC, lost, and were released from the promotion. Melancon likely falls in that category. Baczynski is in need of a win as well to ensure he’ll remain on the roster, so with two guys in must-win situations, it could lead to an exciting fight. Baczynski, though, has that UFC experience, and he is the favorite in the fight.×120.png×9-e1372184050490-500×249.jpg

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Shane del Rosario injured, Dave Herman now fights Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 162 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 18:00:05 +0000 Gabriel Gonzaga will be stepping in for the injured Shane del Rosario (11-2, 0-2 UFC) at UFC 162 during Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga (14-7, 9-6 UFC) will take on Dave Herman (21-5, 1-3 UFC) in a must-win fight for both during the preliminary portion of the card in July. UFC officials announced the switch on Friday night.

Herman will be making his return from a six-month suspension due to marijuana use in this bout, and he will be looking to end a three-fight losing streak in the process. Herman has dropped fights to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and he has been stopped in all three of those fights. His lone UFC win came over John-Olav Einemo at UFC 131 in June 2011.

Herman has famously claimed that jiu-jitsu doesn’t work, and he will get another chance to prove that as he faces one of the best jiu-jitsu artists in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Gonzaga is looking to rebound from a knockout loss at the hands of Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April. It was Gonzaga’s first loss since making his return to the UFC, ending his three-fight submission win streak in the process. Gonzaga has fought in the past for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, losing to Randy Couture in 2007.

UFC 162 takes place on July 6 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman headlines the event, which caps off Fight Week in Las Vegas that includes pool parties, special events and a UFC Fan Expo.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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Stephan Bonnar, Dave Herman, Fail UFC 153 Drug Tests Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:00:50 +0000 Everyone from UFC 153 passed drug tests, MMA Junkie is reporting, except for Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman.

Bonnar was flagged for Drostanolone, a cutting agent used to lose fat/water for a more ripped look. It was his second time being flagged for illegal steroids in his system; after his second fight with Forrest Griffin he was flagged for Boldenone.

Herman was flagged for Marijuana in his system. Earlier in his UFC career he was flagged for Marijuana before his fight in Texas with Mike Russow, which ending up with Herman removed from that card.

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UFC 153 News: With Aldo and Rampage Off Card, Nogueira vs. Herman in Co-Main Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:56:59 +0000 Yesterday, it was announced by UFC President Dana White that both Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo would be missing UFC 153 and it was unclear as to what was going to happen for each man’s opponents.

Per MMA Fighting, Frankie Edgar will not be meeting another combatant on the card. The co-main event is now “Big Nog” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Dave “Pee Wee” Herman per Tatame. [source]

With rumors swirling of a Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva main event, it is only a matter of days before we’ll know for sure what is happening with yet another cursed UFC event.×120.jpg×250.jpg

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UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir Live Results and Play by Play Sat, 26 May 2012 20:06:58 +0000

Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir. In the main event of tonight’s all heavyweight card, UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos takes on former champion Frank Mir. It should a be night of spectacular finishes and fights, so follow here live beginning with the FX prelims at 8 PM ET. The PPV starts at 10 PM ET and we’ll see you here live from Inside Fights HQ!

UFC Heavyweight Title Bout
Junior dos Santos (c) vs. Frank Mir

Round 1 - Mir shoots in and gets a leg, working for the takedown. Stiff jab lands for dos Santos as the two men are back into the center of the cage. Body shot connects for Dos Santos. Three leg kicks from Mir as the former champ is working to slow the champion down. Big right from dos Santos. Two hooks from dos Santos are blocked. Mir continues to attack the front leg of Junior. Big body punch by the champ. Dos Santos staggers Mir with 20 seconds to go and he barely survives to the buzzer. 10-9 dos Santos

Round 2 - Right hand connets for dos Santos. He’s picking Mir apart. Another punch connects and Mir is on his back. dos Santos waves him back to his feet and Mir obliges, connecting with a lead jab. Frank claims a poke and is forced to continue. A body kick connects for Mir as dos Santos connects upstairs. Inside leg kick lands for Frank Mir. Frank Mir is dropped in slow motion by a shot to the eye. dos Santos swarms Mir who tries to grab an arm. dos Santos steps away as Frank Mir remains turtled but moves forward to gain the finish as the referee stops the bout.

Winner: Junior dos Santos by TKO (R2, punches, 3:04)

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva

Round 1 - Big takedown immediately by Cain Velasquez as he catches a kick from Big Foot. There’s a lot of blood coming out of Silva early. Big ground and pound and the blood is spraying. Silva is able to wriggle free due to the slippery conditions of his body and the doctor comes in to check it out. He’s going to be allowed to continue it. They are restarted on the mat and Cain is attacking the cut once again. Ground and pound in the half guard for Cain Velasquez and the bout is stopped.

Winner: Cain Velasquez by TKO (R1, punches, 3:36)

Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman

Round 1 - Knee to the body from Herman to start. Front kicks from Herman are the order for Dave Herman. Holy cow, one big right hand drops Dave Herman who folds like a card table. Nelson steps in for one punch to finish and the ref pulls him off for the victory.

Winner: Roy Nelson by knockout (R1, punches, 0:51)

Stipe Miočić vs. Shane del Rosario

Round 1 - Body kick from Del Rosario. Good combination coming forward for Miocic. Left liver kick from Del Rosario is partially caught. Del Rosario is coming forward with a bunch of bodykicks. Miocic lands a right hand that pushes Del Rosario against the fence. Slip on a punch from Stipe sends him running across the cage chased by Del Rosario. Lunging right from Stipe is answered by a combination from Shane. Big takedown by Miocic but he lets Del Rosario up as the round ends. 10-9 Del Rosario

Round 2 - Leg kick to start the round for Del Ro. Big left hook lands for Miocic but Del Rosario walks through it. Miocic gets a takedown and is working some ground and pound on Del Rosario. Beefy hook on the bottom Del Rosario. Shane Del Rosario is cut open and Miocic is just handling him on the mat. Stipe Miocic lands several huge short elbows that Del Rosario grimaces through and the referee steps in to stop the bout.

Winner: Stipe Miocic by TKO (R2, elbows, 3:14)

Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson

Round 1 - Lavar Johnson comes out with body punches early. Struve gets himself pressed against the cage. Struve pulls guard and has an arm trapped. Struve takes the armbar and brings Johnson’s arm home with him and earns the submission. Johnson says that he’s broken his arm as the fight ends.

Winner: Stefan Struve by submission (R1, armbar, 1:05)

Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins

Round 1 – Big uppercut misses from Brandao. Good combination lands from Brandao. Brandao ends up in mount, but Elkins has hip escaped and tries for a kimura. Brandao lets him up and sprawls a takedown. Flying knee to the body by Brandao drops Elkins. Side control for Brandao but Elkins tries for triangles. Brandao rocks Elkins twice and ends up in side control. Elkins is on his back and eats a big right hand from Brandao. Back into full guard, Brandao is working big punches on his opponent. 10-9 Brandao

Round 2 - Diego is more deliberate at the start. Good knee to the face from Diego. Elkins is connecting now. Elbow by Diego Brandao connects. Elkins is coming forward and lands. Diego slips on a big kick and Elkins has begun to control Brandao on the mat. Good strikes from Elkins as he tries to pass guard. High mount acquired by Darren Elkins. Brandao is getting hammered with big strikes and is able to squirm away into half guard. The round ends with Elkins in control. 10-9 Elkins

Round 3 - Lead uppercut by Brandao. Left hand again from Elkins. He’s able to get that punch at will. Elkins takes a knee from Brandao and gets him down onto his back. Good takedown for Elkins. Ground and pound is the order of the day for Elkins. Darren Elkins is into full mount once again. Brandao is able to eat a few shots and roll back into half guard. Elkins goes for an arm in guillotine but Brandao gets free. Back to their feet and Brandao takes top control with just under a minute to go. Diego is working for a finish from the top and stands up for a big punch that connects but it shouldn’t be enough. 10-9 Elkins

Winner: Darren Elkins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner

Round 1 – Leg kick from Edson Barboza followed by another. That’s going to limit Varner’s takedowns later. Head kick from Barboza is caught and he turns it into a takedown. Barboza is able to kick free and get back to his feet. Two punches from Varner to counter the multitude of kicks from Barboza. Good striking from both men. Varner pushes forward and puts Edson Barboza down with a big, big punch. Barboza tries to recover, but he’s down again. Is he going to be the first man to defeat the young Brazilian? Several unanswered hammerfists on the mat later and the answer is “yes.”

Winner: Jamie Varner by TKO (R1, punches, 3:23)

Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway

Round 1 – Big Right hand by Mayhem takes Dollaway down to the mat. Miller tries for the guillotine, but CB pops free and now has Miller on the cage. He eats a nougie from Miller. Seriously. Mayhem drops on a strike and it looks like Miller appears to have blown out his knee based on that brace on his left leg. Down on the mat, Dollaway controls Miller and it seems that Miller cannot get up. Dollaway ends up in full mount with 30 seconds in the first round. 10-9 Dollaway

Round 2 - Miller is swinging for the fences early and rocks the staggering Dollaway once again. Dollaway recovers and takes Miller to the mat. Miller gets back to his feet and stuffs a takedown. Miller goes for the neck once again, but CB takes him down and begins with short elbows. Hammerfists from Dollaway. Mayhem is really stuck on the mat, it must be the lack of a second leg. 10-9 Dollaway

Round 3 - Miller begins swinging wildly. He is suckered into an overhand right and Dollaway dives under and gets a takedown. The two men roll around on the mat with Dollaway in control. Mayhem has had no answers on the mat. Mayhem gets back to his feet before Dollaway drags him to the mat and flattens him out. Tons of hammerfists and elbows to end the round for Dollaway. Boring fight. 10-8 Dollaway

Winner: CB Dollaway by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)

Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig

Round 1 - Early combination misses for Ludwig. Head kick from Ludwig misses. Hardy is caught and Hardy wraps him up and gets him against the cage. Knees to the body from both fighters. Two punches from Hardy as the exit. Hardy goes for a takedown and eats two knees in the process before he can get him back against the cage. Lots of clinch work from the two fighters before Both fighters connect as they exit. Big left hook from Dan Hardy drops “Bang” Ludwig. He celebrates before he realizes that Ludwig isn’t out and drops in and levels elbows before the referee stops the fight.

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UFC 146 Changes Again – Gabriel Gonzaga And Evan Dunham Out Wed, 02 May 2012 16:00:36 +0000 UFC 146 might be one of those cards that ends up being great in spite of itself, cursed with injuries and other shenanigans causing a number of shakeups. Two more changeups have been made.

Gabriel Gonzaga, who was slated to fight Roy Nelson, withdrew due to injury. In his place against Nelson will be Dave “Pee Wee” Herman, last seen getting knocked out by Stefan Struve. Struve is also on this card, taking on Mark Hunt.

Jamie Varner makes his return to Zuffa as well; the former WEC lightweight champion is stepping in for Evan Dunham against Edson Barboza on the undercard.×120.jpg×375-e1335971782424.jpg

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