36-Year-Old UFC Middleweight 23-12-0, 1NC
February 20, 2017 Ed Herman News
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Herman stated Monday via his personal Twitter account that he is out of of his UFC 209 fight against Igor Pokrajac due to injury.
Herman may be at the back end of his career at age 36, but "Short Fuse" is always good for an exciting bout. He's 1-2 in his last three fights under the UFC banner, but each of those ended in some type of stoppage. With the card less than two weeks away, it's unclear if the UFC will be able to find Pokrajac a new opponent.
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Fantasy AnalysisHerman may be better suited fighting the remainder of his career at middleweight, but the 36-year-old will book at least one more fight in the light heavyweight division. He'll take on the 37-year-old Pokrajac, who has fought just one time under the UFC banner.
Fantasy AnalysisAs always, if you're going to lose - lose in style! The head kick that ended Herman's night landed so flush that he's lucky his head his still attached to his body. Short Fuse was actually doing pretty well in a back-and-forth exchange that took place right before the finish, but he gave Krylov a slight opening and the surging Russian capitalized. Herman has spent his last couple of fights at 205 pounds, but he's really a middleweight. For a 35-year-old who made his company debut more than a decade ago, it's a minor miracle that Herman is still hanging around.
Fantasy AnalysisHerman performed admirably in his first ever fight at 205 pounds, making his brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Derek Brunson last January seem like a distant memory. Herman likely absorbed a bit more damage than Boetsch in the first round, but didn't slow down in the second. He was eventually able to force a clinch, setting up the finishing blow. Although he'll earn a knockout bonus, the victory didn't do much for the 35-year-old's career, as Boetsch is likely on the verge of retirement. After the fight, Herman said that his move to light heavyweight will be permanent.
Fantasy AnalysisA grizzled veteran, Herman made his UFC debut way back in June 2006. Herman surprisingly beat Rafael Natal via unanimous decision last May, but he came back in January and was obliterated in 36 seconds by Derek Brunson. Herman is nothing more than roster depth, but Boetsch has been so bad lately that "Short Fuse" probably has a better chance than you would expect in this one.