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Dave Herman set to return against Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel 1

Dave Herman has been sitting on the sidelines ever since his UFC debut but he’s now cleared to step back into the octagon this February. Ready to welcome him back will be Stefan Struve, who is searching for his seventh UFC victory. The two heavyweights will collide at UFC on Fuel 1.

The bout has been confirmed by UFC officials.

Herman defeated Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131 and earned Fight of the Night honors with his performance. He was pulled from his UFC 136 bout against Mike Russow after he failed a pre-fight drug test for marijuana. Herman denied using the drug but did admit to hanging around those who do partake in such recreational activities. “Pee-Wee” will look to extend his three fight win streak and notch the 22nd victory of his MMA career when he gets back to business in February.

Do to that though, he’ll have to go through “Skyscraper” Struve, who is coming off one of the biggest victories of his career when he submitted Pat Barry at UFC Live 6. After surviving a power-bomb slam, Struve locked on a triangle choke to pick up the win and a Submission of the Night bonus for his efforts. Struve has won three of his last four bouts, finishing Christian Morecraft and Sean McCorkle with strikes to go along with his submission win over Barry.

UFC on Fuel 1 is scheduled for February 15 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The night will be headlined by a welterweight scrap between top contenders Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Dave I did not inhale Herman

  • MCM says:

    I really like Struve, but the guy can’t seem to live up to his potential. I think Pee Wee out strikes him en route to a second round TKO.

  • Rich S. says:

    Good fight. As long as Herman keeps his cardio in check and doesn’t slip into a submission, he should win.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “I really like Struve, but the guy can’t seem to live up to his potential.” -MCM

    If he learned to effectively use his reach he would be ok…

  • edub says:

    This seems like a pretty cut and dry fight here. Either Herman gets a KO early, or Struve wins by TKO or Submission after Dave gasses.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Struve is only 23 years old and already has a ton of good fight experience against some pretty stiff competition. His inconsistent results have been frustrating but it’s understandable given his young age… and time is definitely still on his side. Pee Wee feels like just the right level of competition for Struve at this stage (and vice versa for Herman).

  • fanoftna33 says:

    KO for Herman here, but should be a very good fight.

  • MCM says:

    @Rece- reach, size, flexibility, chin, all of it. The guy has all the building blocks to be world beater and he can’t seem to put it together. If he loses to Pee Wee and Dana cuts him, how many people would be pissed even though he’d have a 6-4 UFC record?
    And I here ya Stabone about him only being 23 and having time left in his career, but he has 27 fights under his belt now. That type of punishment that early on, how long do you think he can realistically last? Look at Joe Daddy or better yet, Edwin Dewees. I agree that him and Herman is the right level fight, I’d just like to see some improvement after 10 fights in the UFC.

  • Lets see how this one goes…Alot of people love PeeWee but I think this might be the proof we need to see if he’s really any good. His last fight he took forever to tko a guy who hadnt fought in what 5 years? If it werent his UFC debut I’d say it was a piss poor performance. After watching that fight, I think Struve has this one in the bag. First round Sub when Peewee panics after Stefan tags him.


    Struve’s head is too small for the HW division-Only reason he is not at elite status-If he could only trade heads with Mark Hunt he would be the Larry Bird of the division


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