After being shelved for nearly two years due to a devastating knee injury it would be understandable if Ed Herman felt a bit of anxiety in terms of re-acclimating himself to the ring as soon as possible and putting the time off behind him. Playing to that theory, Herman has agreed to fight two months removed from his 48 second knockout of Tim Credeur at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and will replace an injured Tom Lawlor at UFC Live 5 in a bout against 19-4 Aussie Kyle Noke.
Lawlor’s withdrawal from the August 14 event, and Herman’s addition, were both confirmed through an official statement on the UFC’s website.
The 22-9 Herman’s run in the UFC has been a mixed bag with notable wins over Joe Doerksen, David Louiseau, and Scott Smith but a number of losses as well. His overall record in the Octagon is 5-5 including a defeat to Kendall Grove in a TUF 3 final though he’d also racked up respectable victories over the likes of Nick Thompson and Glover Teixeira before ever joining the promotion. Herman has also impressively finished twenty of the twenty-two opponents he’s beaten.
Noke is on one of the middleweight division’s hottest streaks at the moment with five straight wins including a flawless run in the UFC with a trio of stoppages since debuting last June. Among his nineteen instances of in-ring success are wins over Rob Kimmons, George Sotiropoulos, and most recently Chris Camozzi at UFC 127.
The UFC’s upcoming visit to Milwaukee is headlined by what will undoubtedly be an entertaining scrap between Chris Lytle and Dan Hardy. The card is also scheduled to feature lightweight Jim Miller’s attempt to claim a title-shot by beating former WEC champ Ben Henderson, TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah against seasoned veteran Duane Ludwig, and “Top 5” bantamweights Eddie Wineland and Joseph Benavidez in bout where viewers are advised to avoid blinking based on the fast-paced action sure to be at hand.
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