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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.