UFC 146 Results: 5 Fights to Get Dave Herman Back on Track
When the UFC signed Dave "Pee Wee" Herman to face John-Olav Einemo at UFC 131, he had a 20-2 professional MMA record and was considered the "next great thing" in the heavyweight division.
After easily dispatching of Einemo in that matchup, the hype grew even more during the lead-up to his sophomore performance against Stefan Struve.
In this fight, it all came crashing down...literally.
Struve picked apart Herman and eventually caught him with a hard shot that sent him to the canvas, ending his spotless UFC record and nearly silencing the praise surrounding him.
Given another chance at UFC 146 against the hard-hitting Roy Nelson, Herman was again beaten out of consciousness and given his second loss inside the Octagon.
Now at a crossroads in his career, Herman needs a quality win to regain some of the allure he possessed upon coming to the UFC.
Here are five winnable fights for Herman to consider for his next trip inside the cage:
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva's demoralizing loss to former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 146 sets up a perfect matchup for the struggling Herman.
Silva is a huge heavyweight with a decent all-around game and strong grappling, but Herman's speed and athleticism could lead him to victory in a potential matchup with "Bigfoot."
Making this fight even more awesome, Herman forwent the "Pee Wee" moniker in favor of "Sasquatch" when he showed up coated in a sweater of man fur for his matchup with Stefan Struve.
"Bigfoot" vs. "Sasquatch?"
There are no losers here, ladies and gentlemen.
Shane Del Rosario
Despite losing in the second round at UFC 146, Shane del Rosario looked pretty good in his matchup against rising heavyweight prospect Stipe Miocic.
Given that del Rosario was facing some ring rust after suffering a serious injury in a car accident, he definitely deserves another shot in the Octagon before being written off as a legitimate threat in the division.
Both Herman and del Rosario possess a solid all-around game, and each fighter will want to impress his critics in a potential matchup.
This fight makes sense for each fighter and would be an exciting bout between two professionals looking to get back on the winning track.
After being rocked with a huge right hand against Roy Nelson, Herman might be a little hesitant to accept a fight against Lavar Johnson, and who can blame him?
Johnson hits as hard as anyone in the UFC, and he is always looking to join his leather to his opponent's chin inside the Octagon.
That said, Johnson isn't the most technical striker in the division, and his ground game is severely lacking, both areas where Herman could succeed.
If he can avoid the power shots early and pick Johnson apart or take him to the ground, Herman could be staring at a much needed UFC victory.
After suffering humiliating knockout losses to Ben Rothwell at UFC 145 and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134, Brendan Schaub needs to rebound in his next outing.
Both Herman and Schaub are in identical situations, and a matchup between the two former prospects makes perfect sense.
In a "loser leaves town" bout, Herman could prove his worth on the big stage or be sent packing.
Like Schaub, Morecraft is coming off two bad knockout losses in his last two fights.
This fight, like the Schaub matchup, would be a "loser leaves town" affair and cause each fighter the need to be fully prepared and ready for battle.
A tough, well-rounded fighter with no standout attributes, Morecraft is the perfect opponent to get Herman back to his winning ways.
If Herman is ready to prove his legitimacy on MMA's biggest stage, Christian Morecraft is a good place to start.