Ed Herman has his next assignment, and it’s to end the three fight winning streak of Rafael Natal. The UFC has announced that the two middleweight vets will fight November 16th, at UFC 167, which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Now if you’re thinking ‘didn’t Natal just fight?’, yes he did, less than two weeks ago in fact. “Sapao” (17-4-1) worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Tor Troeng at UFC Fight Night 28 on September 28th, which followed victories over Joao Zeferino and Sean Spencer. The only man to beat the 30 year-old fighter in his last five bouts is Michael Kuiper, who scored a UD win over Natal at UFC 143 last February. The renowned grappler is 5-2-1 in 8 Octagon appearances.
Herman (21-9, 1 NC) ended a two fight winless streak at UFC on FOX 8 in July, by working his way to a split decision win over Trevor Smith. The thrilling war also earned Herman and Smith “Fight of the Night” honors and an extra $50K each. Prior to the bout Herman was coming off a submission loss to “”Jacare” Souza and a UD defeat versus Jake Shields. The latter failed his post-fight drug test, however, and the fight was declared a no-contest. The 32 year-old Herman has also scored submission wins over Kyle Noke and Clifford Starks in his last 5 scraps.
So, that’s an interesting addition to UFC 167, which has 9 bouts booked now. Of course, the headliner will feature welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre fighting Johny Hendricks, and in the co-main-event, Chael Sonnen will take on light-heavyweight Rashad Evans. Other main card bouts include Robbie Lawler taking on fellow welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, and Frank Mir versus heavyweight Alistair Overeem.
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