Two of the UFC’s rising heavyweights, Dave Herman and Mike Russow, will clash this fall in Houston at UFC 136 with the winner almost certainly moving up to the next echelon of opportunities based on a string of solid showings and the loser left in prelim-limbo.
News of the match-up was recently revealed through the UFC’s website.
“Pee Wee” Herman lived up to the buzz surrounding his signing earlier this year by helping deliver a “Fight of the Night” performance in his triumphant promotional debut last month at UFC 131 against Jon Olav Einemo. The 21-2 finisher scored the fifteenth TKO of his career at the event and has five submissions under his belt as well.
While Herman’s opponent may not have the same hype he’s certainly been as successful as the 26-year old over the past few years. Russow, who also works as a Chicago cop, has gone 14-1 in his career and won his last ten fights. Of his three consecutive victories in the Octagon he is best known by fans for an incredible comeback knockout of Todd Duffee at UFC 114.
Though an official lineup for UFC 136 is still forthcoming the October 8 show is rumored to feature undefeated champion Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight belt against heavy-handed striker Junior dos Santos in addition to legitimate American hero Brian Stann battling aggressive grappler Chael Sonnen.
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