Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
To call the circumstances surrounding Ed "Short Fuse" Herman's (24-14) bout at UFC Fight Night: Waterson v. Hill this Saturday night against Boston's Mike Rodriguez (11-4); extenuating, may be able to be chalked up as a 'sign of the times' for our sport during this global pandemic. Nonetheless, those circumstances played right into the hands of Lauzon MMA's Mike Rodriguez, coming off the biggest win of his career just three weeks ago (an impressive first round Knockout of Marcin Prachnio (13-5) at UFC Fight Night Munhoz v. Edgar) Rodriguez was called upon as the third opponent for Herman Saturday night at the UFC's Apex in Las Vegas. With both Gerald Meerschaert (31-13) and John Allen (13-5) forced out of the Light-Heavyweight bout with Herman, aligning with Rodriguez's seemingly flawless knockout of Prachnio, Rodriguez will now find himself locked in the cage with Ed "Short Fuse" Herman, in the biggest fight of his MMA career.
The 39 year old Team Quest product Ed Herman has pretty much seen all there is to see across his 23 fights in the UFC's octagon. Coming to the UFC by way of season three of The Ultimate Fighter, where Herman lost a decision to Kendall Grove in the final, before going on to make 23 of his next 24 starts with the UFC. Herman has been in some wars over the years, going toe to toe with some of the world's best Light- Heavyweights in his 14 years at the sports pinnacle. By far, Ed Herman will be the most seasoned opponent of Mike Rodriguez's career and would be a huge name to add to the New Englander's resume as he looks to climb the ranks of a talent laden 205 pound division.