Nicknames such as “Pee Wee” and “Meat Truck” may not exactly strike fear into an opponent, but, make no mistake, undefeated Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (11-0), of Bloomington, Ind., and Kerry “Meat Truck” Schall (21-10), of Cincinnati, Ohio, can fight.
The heavyweights — Herman, a talented, up-and-comer and hometown favorite, and the more-experienced Schall — will collide in the main event on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series this Friday, Oct. 10, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at The Venue inside Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino at Hammond, Ind.
ShoXC, a presentation of Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live fight division, EliteXC, showcases young, talented fighters in tough matchups. A springboard for the future stars and champions of EliteXC, ShoXC is patterned after the SHOWTIME boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation.
Tickets, starting at $40, are on sale. Doors open at 7 p.m. The first live fight is at 8 p.m.
Speaking of nicknames, fighters known as “Fancy Pants, “Cannibal,’’ “Storm,” “The Recipe’’ and “Bubba” will appear in the other SHOWTIME fights: streaking Mamed “Cannibal” Khalidov (17-3-1) of Olsztyn, Poland, meets Jason Guida (17-17) of Schaumburg, Ill., at 205 pounds; Anthony “The Recipe’’ Lapsley (13-3) of Fort Wayne, Ind., faces Mike Stumpf (10-1) of Crystal Lake, Fla., at 170 pounds; rugged Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (29-5) of Omsk, Russia, throws down with Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (12-4) of Wichita Falls, Tex., at 185 pounds; and Lyle “Fancy Pants’’ Beerbohm (7-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on Brazil’s Rafaello “Trator” Olivera (2-0) in a battle of unbeaten 160-pounders.
Ten of the 12 fighters appearing in non-televised bouts hail from Indiana: Anthony Marti (5-1) takes on Jared “The Spider’’ McMahon (8-0-1) at 140 pounds; Torrance Taylor (7-4) collides with Jeff Cox (9-6) of Cleveland, Ohio, at 150 pounds; Orville Smith (8-0) meets Matt Jaggers (7-4) at 140 pounds; Tiawon Howard (8-1) battles Hector Urbina (12-4) at 170 pounds; John Kuhner (1-0) of Columbus, Ohio, takes on Deray Davis (2-2) at 170 pounds; and Josh Barnes (9-1) faces Jeremy Norton (0-2) at 265.
The scheduled 11 fights on EliteXC’s third fight card in 15 days – the others came Oct. 4 on the CBS Television Network and Sept. 26 on SHOWTIME — are scheduled for three, 5-minute rounds.
Outside the cage, Herman is perhaps the most colorful, comical, laid-back, unconventional fighter in mixed martial arts history. He trains out of his house, doesn’t belong to a team and pays hardly any attention to MMA fights he’s not a participant in. But you can’t argue with the results. He’s perfect so far.
Herman doesn’t appear to take anything seriously, least of all himself. Hence, the six-foot-five, 24-year-old’s nickname: “Pee Wee.” Actually, he’s contemplated changing his nickname to “BlueBerry Muffin.” See, he loves his mother’s homemade pastries. But he’s no cupcake, at least in the cage.
Since turning pro in December 2006, the athletic, former Indiana-Bloomington standout wrestler with impressive striking skills and amazing knees has won eight fights via knockout and three by submission. He has never fought to a decision and only one fight has gone past the first round.
Herman is making his third start for EliteXC and second on SHOWTIME. He scored a third-round TKO (knees and punches) over Mario Rinaldi on Feb. 16, 2008, and a crowd-pleasing 2:19, opening-round TKO (strikes) over veteran Ron “H20” Waterman on June 14, 2008, on SHOWTIME.
Schall, an experienced fighter who was part of the original cast on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter,’’ has faced some impressive competition in a 10-year career, including a fight with Fedor Emelianenko. Schall owns notable victories over Wade Hamilton and Brian Ebersole.
Not known as a heavy striker, Schall, 2-2 in his last four fights, can be expected to try and take this to the ground.
Khalidov, who is making his United States, EliteXC and SHOWTIME debut, will enter the cage with a 12-fight unbeaten streak (11-0-1). A small light heavyweight at only 195 pounds, the Chechen Top Team member Khalidov has competed exclusively in Poland and Lithuania.
A draw against Daniel Tabera in his last start on Sept. 13, 2008, ended a run of 11 consecutive victories for Khalidov, whose style reminds some of a young Mauricio “Shogun’’ Rua.
The younger brother of top lightweight Clay Guida, Jason Guida has fought some good ones since going pro in July 2003. A winner of two of his last three, Jason also will be making his EliteXC debut.
Lapsley has registered submissions in nine of his 12 victories, including a 1:34, first-round submission over Aaron Wetherspoon in his last start on Aug. 14, 2008.
An exceptional athlete, Lapsley has kept busy since turning pro. His first appearance for EliteXC will mark the 17th time he has gone to the post since June 2006.
Stumpf, who has triumphed inside the distance in six of his 10 victories, will bring a four-fight winning streak into his EliteXC and SHOWTIME debut. Perhaps his most noteworthy victory came when he scored a second-round TKO (strikes) over Dom O’Grady on June 14, 2008.
The 21-year-old Stumpf has a strong wrestling base thanks in large part to his father, who was a Division I standout in folk-style and Greco-Roman wrestling and was considered to be Olympic-caliber.
Shiemenko possesses good Muay Thai and is a tough striker with knockout capability. No stranger to winning streaks, he began his career 15-0 and enters this one having won six in a row, all inside the distance. Five of the six ended in the first round and the other was over in the second.
A well-conditioned, 24-year-old knockout artist, Shiemenko has been fighting his entire life. His biggest victory, though, came when he decided at an early age to focus on athletics and managed to stick with it.
In the Siberian city of Omsk where Shiemenko grew up, statistics indicate that 50 percent of the city’s youth are either in prison, addicted to drugs, or dead by the age of 21.
McDaniel is a serious-minded, tough Texan who has won his last two starts, including a startling 0:41, first-round submission (rear naked choke) over Icon Sport middleweight champion Kala “Kolohe” Hose in a non-title fight on June 14, 2008, in Hawaii.
A submission whiz, nine of McDaniel’s 11 victories have come inside the distance. None of his fights have lasted more than two rounds.
Beerbohm is making his sixth start in 2008 and ninth since his pro debut on Aug. 30, 2007. In his last outing, he went the distance for the first time, scoring a unanimous decision over Ed Nuno on April 18, 2008.
Olivera is a Brazilian making his debut on EliteXC and SHOWTIME.
SHOWTIME announcer Mauro Ranallo will call the play-by-play for ShoXC with Stephen Quadros, The Fight Professor, serving as color analyst. The producer of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series is Richard Gaughan with Rick Phillips directing. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins, Jr.
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