UFC 131 Results: 5 Fights Dave "Pee Wee" Herman Should Take Next
The 26-year-old defeated Jon Olav Einemo by TKO in the second round in a back-and-forth brawl that earned both competitors "fight of the night" honors and a $70,000 check.
With the victory, Herman increases his record to 21-2 with 15 knockouts, four submissions and one decision win.
Herman is one of the most exciting heavyweights in the division, and there will be no shortage of opponents who can help provide fireworks when they meet the 6'5" knockout-puncher in the middle of the cage.
These are five possible opponents he could fight next.
No. 5: Mark Hunt (6-7)
Mark Hunt is a former kickboxer and most recently picked up his first victory in the UFC with his memorable knockout win over Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127.
Hunt's chin is unquestionably one of the best in the UFC, and Herman also showed a good chin in his debut verse Einemo.
Hunt, who probably should be avoiding ground-fighters, would welcome a fight with the striking-oriented fighter in Herman, who likes to use a wide array of kicks as well as knees from the clinch in his fights.
It would make for a great Spike TV fight or an opening main-card bout.
No. 4: Mike Russow (14-1)
Mike Russow is 14-1 in MMA with an undefeated record inside the UFC at 3-0.
Russow has victories over Justin McCully and Jon Madsen as well as his highlight-reel knockout win over heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee.
What makes this fight fun is that it could mirror the Duffee fight, but it would be a lot better. Russow showed he only needs one punch to put his opponent away, and Herman isn't the type of fighter who will back away when he has someone hurt. This is guaranteed to not go the distance.
Russow also poses some interesting challenges on the ground where he can test Herman's grappling game.
No. 3: Matt Mitrione (4-0)
Former Ultimate Fighter 10 contestant Matt Mitrione is an interesting fighter in that he is undefeated at 4-0 with every victory coming inside the Octagon.
He started his professional career in the UFC and continually improves every time he fights. He showed it in his wins over Kimbo Slice, Tim Hague and Joey Beltran.
Mitrione and Herman have similar stand-up styles, and they both like to smile a lot during their fights. Two guys who love fighting that much deserve to trade punches, kicks and knees to see who comes out on top.
Mitrione is currently scheduled to face Christian Morecraft later this month.
No. 2: Stefan Struve (21-5)
Stefan "Skyskraper" Struve and Dave Herman love to fight, and this would be a very intriguing matchup between the tallest heavyweight and one of the bravest.
Struve recently got knocked out in his fight with Travis Browne at UFC 130, but it isn't the first time he had to deal with a setback. He usually returns to put on very good performances after each of his defeats so this could be a fight that catches his attention.
Both Struve and Herman had impressive come-from-behind victories, and this could be another one.
Herman likes to utilize the clinch and knees, but would they work against an opponent who is 6'11" tall?
No. 1: Joey Beltran (13-5)
A fight with Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran and Dave Herman may be the most exciting heavyweight bout between two non-top contenders at the moment.
Beltran is one of the gutsiest fighters in the UFC, and there is no way this fight wouldn't provide some kind of excitement. Beltran recently defeated Aaron Rosa on the undercard of UFC 131 in a very entertaining fight.
Both have the chin and reckless striking to make for some very good striking exchanges and lots of drama. It's a fight that should happen as soon as possible, especially since Beltran was originally scheduled to face Herman before Herman filled in for Shane Carwin to face Einemo.