The MMA Top Ten 5.11.14: Top 10 Ed Herman Fights
Posted by Alex Rella on 05.12.2014
From his battle with Trevor Smith at UFC on FOX 8 and his come-from-behind win over Kyle Noke to his wins over Glover Teixeira, Joe Doerksen and more, 411's Alex Rella counts down the top 10 Ed Herman fights of all-time!
Ed Herman's Top Ten Fights
Hey there gentle readers, I am Alex Rella and this is the MMA Top Ten. This week we will be looking at Ed Herman and his best fights. Herman has never been one of the best middleweights in the world, but the guy has been with the UFC since 2006 and that isn't easy. Herman (22-10) was a runner up on the third season of TUF and he's been one of the toughest guys in the middleweight division since then. His career has had some nice moments and he's beaten some other quality fighters over the years so this week is for him. The rankings are based on the usual criteria of fight quality, significance of the fight in relation to his career, and some of my personal opinion.
• VS Rafael Natal UFN 40- Herman won via unanimous decision
• VS Dave Menne Extreme Challenge 63- Herman won via corner stoppage after the second round
• VS Brian Ebersole SF 5- Herman won via second round triangle choke.
10: VS Chris Price UFN 8
Herman actually lost his first two UFC fights. Two losses in a row was enough to get you cut back in 2006, so Herman was in a must win situation when he took on Chris Price in 2007. Price entered the fight with a nice 9-1 record, but he also needed a win after losing to Kendall Grove in his UFC debut. Price came into the fight at 192 lbs, but it didn't matter as Herman won by armbar in the first round. Herman saved his job, won Submission of the Night, and Price was sent packing from the UFC. You never wanna miss weight and then lose.
9: VS David Loiseau UFC 97
After winning three fights in a row in 2007, Herman would lose his next two to Demian Maia and Alan Belcher in 2008. His job was on the line in 2009 as he took on David Loiseau at UFC 97. Loiseau was once near the top of the middleweight division, but he hadn't been doing so well since Rich Franklin wrecked him at UFC 58. Loiseau was released not too long after, but he earned another shot in the UFC here after winning in smaller promotions. Herman played to his strengths and almost completely avoided Loiseau's striking as he took the fight to the ground over and over. There were a couple times when you thought Herman could have done more to get the finish, but you can't blame the guy for playing it safe when so much was on the line. The Team Quest member kept his job as he won by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27). Loiseau on the other hand was cut once again, but he would return for another loss at UFC 115 and he does have a fight coming up with WSOF Canada in June.
8: VS Tim Credeur TUF 13 Finale
At UFC 102, Herman suffered what could have been a career ending knee injury when he fought Aaron Simpson. Herman was out on the sidelines for almost two years from August 2009 to July 2011. His first opponent back was US Navy Veteran Tim Credeur. Credeur had been with the UFC since TUF 7 and he was 3-1 inside the Octagon. Credeur was a strong striker, so he looked to exploit Herman's ring rust early with some stiff jabs. Herman had none of that as he connected with a counter hook and two short uppercuts that dropped Credeur. Then came some pinpoint ground & pound to end it in only forty eight seconds. A huge win for Herman as he came back from injury and Credeur hasn't fought since then.
7: VS Glover Teixeira SF 9
Glover Teixeira recently lost to Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship, but before that he was on a twenty fight winning streak that went all the way back to 2006. So who was the last guy to beat Teixeira before Jones? I hope you would have guessed Ed Herman since this is his list. Neither guy was near their respective primes at this point, but I always think it's cool to look back at fights between UFC guys before they made it to the Octagon. Herman completely out wrestled Teixeira for three rounds as he won by unanimous decision and has a nice name on the resume. I think it would probably go a little different if they had a rematch today.
6: VS Scott Smith UFC 72
Scott Smith has dropped off dramatically since 2010 only going 1-4, but before that he had some nice moments in his career. Smith was the first guy to beat Cung Le in Strikeforce, a number one contender for the EliteXC middleweight title, and he won the WEC light heavyweight tournament and championship. Smith could never really get it going in the UFC, but those are some nice accomplishments. Anyway, Smith and Herman opened up the pay per view portion of UFC 72 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Herman dominated Smith with his takedowns and ground & pound. Herman even bloodied him up real bad with an elbow. Smith had Herman on top of him in the second round when he tried to escape, but he gave up his back in doing so and that's when Herman locked in a rear naked choke. He was awarded his second Submission of the Night bonus.
5: VS Kendall Grove TUF 3 Finale
Ed Herman made his way over to the UFC through the third season of TUF. This season was Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock coaching middleweights and light heavyweights. Michael Bisping would win the light heavyweight bracket for Team Ortiz and Herman would take on Kendall Grove in the finals for the 185 lb pound bracket. Herman was on Team Shamrock and Grove from Team Ortiz. The two contrasting styles made for a really exciting fight. Herman's strong ground & pound style vs Grove and his submission attempts. Grove won by unanimous decision, but I always thought Herman was robbed. I thought he took the first and third round with his wrestling and the way he powered out of Grove's submission attempts. Still a great fight though as it won Fight of the Night and Dana White would give Herman the same six figure contract for his performance. At least Herman would go on to have a much better career than Grove.
4: VS Clifford Starks UFC 143
UFC 143 was a pretty good show and this fight got the pay per view started on the right note. Clifford Starks was a perfect 8-0 at this point and Herman was on a two fight winning streak since returning from his leg injury. Both fighters came out swinging early and Herman would tag him first, but Starks started to get the upper hand of their exchanges with some big shots that were clearly hurting him. Herman managed to score a takedown at the end of the round, but Starks reversed it and put him on his back to end the round. The second round was a little slower and they quickly ended up in the clinch when Herman scored a really nice trip/takedown. He then transitioned to the back for the rear naked choke to end it. Herman's third win in a row was a tough one as Starks left his face swollen, but Short Fuse persevered and came back for the win.
3: VS Trevor Smith UFC on Fox 8
Short Fuse went on a nice three fight winning streak from 2011-12 and it looked like he was finally putting everything together to become an elite fighter, but then he went up against a cheating Jake Shields and Jacare Souza on Strikeforce's last show. He needed a win here to stay somewhat relevant in the UFC's middleweight division. Herman's opponent was Strikeforce import Trevor Smith. A former wrestler out of Iowa State, Smith went 2-2 over in Strikeforce. This is one of those fights that may not be for everybody, but it was one fun brutal brawl. They felt each other out for about the first two minutes and they just started throwing bombs for the rest of the fight. There were some submission attempts and brief ground work, but most of the fight was just them beating the puss out of each other standing up. Herman would win the close battle by split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28) as he got himself back on track with a win. I don't see how any sane judge could have possibly given Smith every round though.
2: VS Kyle Noke UFC on Versus 5
Herman didn't take too much damage in his quick knockout victory over Tim Credeur, so he returned two months later to take on Kyle Noke. Tom Lawlor was Noke's original opponent, but he pulled out of the fight with an injury about a month before the fight. Noke was on a five fight winning streak at this point and finished off all three of his UFC opponents in impressive fashion. Noke came out to an early lead as he scored a takedown and unloaded with some ground & pound of his own. Surprising, considering Herman's strong wrestling. Noke was bringing down some hard elbows while Herman was going for every submission he possibly could. Noke fought out of a triangle choke armbar, an armbar, another triangle, an omaplata, then a really deep armbar, and a leg lock. Then finally as Noke stood up and looked to deliver more punishment, Herman wrapped his legs around one of Noke's and that would be it. Herman locked in the painful inverted heel hook for the nice come from behind victory.
1: VS Joe Doerksen UFC 78
One of the first losses of Herman's career was when Joe Doerksen submitted him with a triangle choke in 2004 in a promotion called SportFight. Herman got another chance at the Canadian submission specialist three years later at UFC 78. This was Doerksen's first fight since unsuccessfully challenging Paulo Filho for the WEC middleweight title and Herman was on a two fight winning streak at this point. Herman took the first round with his strong wrestling and he even busted Doerksen open. The second round had some truly incredible grappling exchanges. Doerksen had Herman's back, then Herman reversed it to get his back, then Doerksen went for a kneebar and eventually locked in a deep triangle choke as Herman was dropping some vicious elbows. It looked like it was all over for Herman, but he survived til the buzzer. And my trying to sum up the round really doesn't do it any justice as it was really exciting. Doerksen's face looked like a mess by the third round. They started throwing strikes when Herman connected with a huge left hook for the knockout and a few more strikes on the ground before the referee could stop it. A really great fight as Herman avenged an early loss in his career.
• So let me know how you guys would rank them or maybe I left a fight out that you thought should be in the top 10.
• As always, let me know if there are any topics or fighters you would like to see ranked in the future.