Two years after Ed Herman (20-7) tore his ACL at UFC 102 he returned to the Octagon and has won all three of his last fights by TKO or submission. He looks for his fourth win in a row against Jake Shields (27-6-1) on August 11.
“It was a scary thing to go through,” said Herman. “A lot of athletes are done after tearing their ACL.”
While sidelined with the injury, Herman began to redevelop his MMA career as he altered how he perceived a fight should go.
“I learned not to go to a decision for one and it gave me the drive to restart my career,” Herman.
Herman is certain that Shields will attempt to take the fight to the ground, but he’s going to stop those attempts and looks for the knockout victory.
“It’s no secret that Jake wants this fight on the ground,” Herman. “I will be ready to stuff his shots and knock him out. I will also exploit his stand up and conditioning when he can’t get the take down. Jake’s a smart guy he’ll be ready for a war.”
The middleweight division currently has several names that are looking for the right to challenge the champion Anderson Silva (32-4) and a win for Herman could add his name to the list.
“I’m not sure on opponent that I would fight, as there are so many guys stacked up at the top right now,” said Herman. “However a big win puts me right in the mix at the top.”
When put on the spot on who he thinks should get the next shot at Silva, he went with Chris Weidman (9-0).
“I would like to see Weidman get a shot, because I think he can beat him,” said Herman. “But, the winner of Bisping/Stann or Belcher/Belfort will probably get it. I’d like to see Belcher get a shot.”
Herman vs. Shields takes place this Saturday at UFC 150.