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Dave Herman draws game opponent for Octagon debut this summer

Fans familiar with his abilities and potential likely wondered how the UFC would approach Dave “Pee Wee” Herman after recently inking him to a deal in terms of whether he’d be brought along slowly or thrown directly into the fire. As it turns out, Herman’s promotional unveiling will involve an opponent tilted toward the latter.

According to the UFC, Herman has verbally agreed to mix it up with Joey Beltran at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia as part of a card already headlined by a pair of battle-savvy behemoths in the form of Brock Lesnar’s highly-anticipated bout against Junior dos Santos.

Considered one of the top heavyweight prospects in MMA, Herman is 20-2 in his career and has remarkably finished nineteen of the twenty foes he’s felled. The 26-year old has had his hands raised in five of his last six fights with the lone exception being a DQ loss after landing an illegal knee. Among his wins are victories over Jim York, Ron Waterman, and Don Frye.

In the 12-5 Beltran he will face an individual with ten of his twelve wins coming by way of TKO including strike-based success against Rolles Gracie and Houston Alexander. However, “The Mexicutioner” has struggled as of late dropping a pair of decisions in his previous outings against Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione meaning he has the added incentive of fighting for a spot on the roster and will likely throw caution to the wind inside the cage as far as procuring a victory.

In addition to a number of other notable match-ups UFC 131 is also set to feature fights between decorated wrestler Mark Munoz and submission expert Demian Maia, rivals Mac Danzig and Donald Cerrone, and former lightweight Ken Florian making his 145-pound debut against Diego Nunes in hopes of landing a title-shot.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Damm good match up here. I think Beltran takes it though as he has a very good chin and hits pretty hard. And even though Beltran lost to Matt, he took the fight on just a week or two of notice and was doing well.

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  • MCM says:

    I was actually hoping they’d throw Herman in with a guy like Mitrione. I think he takes this one pretty easily. Beltran may have a hell of a chin but it’s not like he’s fighting top guys with killer instincts. And I have high hopes for Pee-Wee. I think by this time next year, he’s gonna be a top 10 HW on most peoples list.

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  • Guthookd says:

    I agree with you MCM, Herman takes this fight, but not without a lot of effort. I like Beltran and I’ll be sorry to see him go (I think the chances are this will be his last UFC fight for a while).

    I’m actually glad though that they didn’t give him Mitrione because I think Matt is on a streak that Harman can’t stop.

    The HW div just got a tiny bit better.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Herman got this…… The Mexicutioner is 29 and looks about 38 he got alot of miles on that body… he takes alot of punishment as of late which is exciting for us as fans but the wear and tear on his body is a bit much… HD def. made his legs look like he got hit by a car.

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  • I’ll give you guys the fact that Pee Wee is bad, and has been pickin up alot of steam, but the Mexicutioner is a truly odd specimen indeed. Pat Barry kicked him in the head flush over and over again and Joey’s response was to snarl tuck his chin and come in swingin…good fight.

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