Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
Last time we saw Boston's "Slow" Mike Rodriguez (11-5) in action he beat the brakes off 22 fight UFC veteran Ed "Short Fuse" Herman (25-14) for thirteen and a half of their bout's fourteen minute duration. Rodriguez appeared to have finished Herman late in the second round when some battering clinch work from MRod culminated in a knee to the midsection that looked like the end of Herman's fuse. However, instead of stopping the contest due to the clear TKO at hand, referee Chris Tognoni instead called timeout, declaring that the knee landed low when connecting with Herman (replay clearly shows the contrary), and allowing Ed Herman time to recover. After another impressive opening 3:50 of the third round, it looked like all Rodriguez would have to do is survive the round to score a decisive Unanimous Decision, even after the setback in the second round.
Rodriguez had top position over the grounded Herman as minutes ticked to seconds, the crafty veteran Herman went for broke, as he attempted to harvest the left arm of Rodriguez and pull the carpet from beneath the New Englander's third UFC victory. Herman used the Kimura attempt to sweep Rodriguez, and landed in side control where he was able to pass the head of Rodriguez and apply enough torque to Mike's shoulder to force the tap with just under a minute left on the clock.