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“Pee Wee” Herman is no joke

I stole that line from Dann Stupp’s latest Dayton Daily News column as it relates to Dave “Pee Wee” Herman’s performance during the undercard of EliteXC’s “Street Certified” this past Saturday.

After reading Dann’s analysis of Herman’s performance, I am in 100 percent agreement:

The heavyweight pushed his record to 10-0, thanks largely to a phenomenal display of balance in the fight’s opening round. Herman’s opponent, Mario Rinaldi, checked a kick and secured a leg on his towering opponent. However, Herman hopped around on his other leg for a full minute, avoided the takedown, and delivered substantial punishment in the process. The performance earned Herman a huge ovation and an eventual third-round TKO.

Truth be told, I picked Rinaldi in this fight. I considered Herman a prospect, but I just thought that Rinaldi was the better of the two. I was wrong.

The one thing that struck me when meeting Herman last week was that he was laid back. In fact, I thought he was almost too laid back. Hell, he was even smiling during the fight! Obviously I read a little too much into the situation because whatever his approach is to fighting, it’s certainly working.

Herman wrestled at Indiana and has excellent reach, as was plain to see while he was delivering some devastating knees to Rinaldi. He’s still a little green and needs to improve his cardio and technical boxing skills, but Herman is without question for real.

To read the rest of Dann’s column, including his overall thoughts on “Street Certified” and whether rumors that Keith Jardine will fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 82 are true, just click here.

  • Jeremy says:

    Herman was one of the two fighters on the undercard I was really looking forward to seeing, and he impressed me more then I thought he would. Definitely someone for EliteXC to build up their heavyweight divison with. Rafael Feijao was the other I was looking forward to seeing and he dominated John Doyle. The knee he threw almost took the life out of me watching it, i can’t imagine how much damage it did to Doyle at the time.

  • phyteguru says:

    I’ve actually judged one of Hermans fights. He’s definitely something to watch for in the future. Beating Rinaldi is a fairly big name behind him now. Looking forward to see him again in May or June!

  • bubbfat says:

    That was an AWESOME attempt at a skyscraper. Seeing a guy who is 6’5″ jump the knee up while Rinaldi had a single was impressive, even though he didn’t connect. And then to see Edwards do his later , kick ass!

  • JacRabbit says:

    I was fortunate to be able to attend the event in the Bank United Arena. I’ve never seen Rinaldi fight in the past–but I was annoyed at the fact that there seemed to be no Plan B when he couldn’t take Pee Wee down. The attempts got more and more pathetic as the fight continued. Halfway through it almost seemed as though he didn’t care to win the fight anymore, he was just holding on for dear life as not to get knocked out. I would have loved to hear what his corner was screaming as the fight progressed… disappointing…


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