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Herman vs. Waterman being discussed for June EliteXC show in Hawaii

Heavyweight prospect and former University of Indiana wrestler Dave Herman is being considered for a match against former UFC veteran Ron Waterman during an EliteXC show being planned for June 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The news comes from EliteXC middleweight prospect Paul Bradley, who coached Herman when he wrestled at Indiana. The two also share the same manager, Mike Camp. Bradley made the revelation during a one-on-one interview with ( on Thursday.

According to Bradley, he also has aspirations of being on the card, as he would like to compete on the same show as his friend, Herman.

“My best friend Dave (Herman), I think they are trying to get him set up with Ron Waterman as one of the featured bouts but I’d love to be on the undercard because me and that kid have been through a lot because I coached at the University of Indiana last year and I used to train with him a lot so hopefully we can get both of us on that card,” Bradley said during the interview.

Herman is 10-0 and made his EliteXC debut on February 16 in Miami during the undercard of “Street Certified.” Matched up against American Top Team heavyweight Mario Rinaldi, Herman was declared the winner of the fight at 0:33 into round 3 via TKO.

Waterman has a lifetime pro MMA record of 15-5-2 over a pro career that spans nine years and not only includes a stint in the UFC, but also appearances with PRIDE, Pancrase, and BodogFIGHT.

He was chosen as an alternate for YAMMA Pit Fighting’s recent single-night, eight-man heavyweight tournament and had reportedly been discussed as a potential opponent for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson for EliteXC’s first-ever show on CBS on May 31 in Newark, N.J.

Waterman last fought in January, recording a second round submission due to keylock against Analu Brash. Prior to the win over Brash, Waterman had defeated Rinaldi via first round TKO at Art of War 3 this past September.

EliteXC’s June show in Hawaii is currently expected to be headlined by K.J. Noons defending his lightweight title against Yves Edwards. A match pitting Nick Diaz against Muhsin Corbbrey was also officially announced this week by ICON middleweight champion Kala Kolohe Hose and heavyweight Antonio Silva have been rumored as possibilities for the show as well.

EliteXC officials had publicly talked about the possibility of re-scheduling a match for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett for the Hawaii show, but it’s now possible that the match could be moved to the promotion’s July 26 show on CBS.

  • phyteguru says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to be able to judge both of these fighters in action. I think they both have potential to be great. Unfortunately, their striking is still sub-par (but just for now)

    I look forward to Bradley ending up like Koscheck (eventually). Koscheck is now willing to stand and trade with anyone. When he started TUF, he had no striking skills at all.

    I wish ’em luck and hope they do well!


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