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Ed Herman Replaces James Irvin, Will Face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102(UPDATED)

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Editors Note: It has recently been revealed that Gouveia has suffered a back injuury and will be unable to compete at UFC 102 as expected in a report from No news of a replacement opponent for Ed Herman in this musical chairs of injured fighters is available at this time.

With James Irvin sidelined due to a knee injury, Ed Herman (15-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has agreed to step in as a replacement and fight Wilson Gouveia (12-6 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on the preliminary card of UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland, Oregon.

The news of the expected match-up comes courtesy of a recent report by

Herman was originally supposed to face Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 19 in September. While the bout is still posted on the UFC’s official website, it will now be canceled so Herman can meet Gouveia at UFC 102.

Herman last stepped into the Octagon in April, earning a unanimous-decision win over David Loiseau at UFC 97. The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for Herman.

Gouveia is hoping to rebound from a third-round TKO loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 95 in February. Gouveia had recorded back-to-back victories over Jason MacDonald and Ryan Jensen before his loss to Marquardt.

The expected card for UFC 102 is listed below:


Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Keith Jardine
vs. Thiago Silva
Chris Leben
vs. Jake Rosholt
Demian Maia
vs. Nate Marquardt
Krzysztof Soszynski
vs. Brandon Vera


Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Wilson Gouveia
vs. Ed Herman
vs. Mike Russow
Todd Duffee
vs. Tim Hague
Nick Catone
vs. Mark Munoz
Evan Dunham
vs. Matt Veach

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