On the heels of his second round Fight of the Night earning performance over John Olav Einemo at UFC 131, Dave Herman had a bit of momentum going for him. The Team Quest boldly claimed that “Jiu Jitsu doesn’t work” and then proceeded to handily defeat an ADCC champion in his UFC debut. But Herman’s hype train was nearly derailed in September, when he tested positive for marijuana and steroids in the aftermath of his aforementioned win over Einemo. The details surrounding his testing were sketchy to say the least, but in light of the circumstances he was pulled out of his UFC 136 bout with Mike Russow nonetheless. Well it seems “Peewee’s” pee is now clean, as he has been booked for a fight with Dutch submission specialist Stefan Struve for the UFC’s debut on FuelTV this February.
Herman has won six of his last seven and will be looking to score the biggest win of his career over Struve, who most recently submitted our good friend Pat Barry at UFC Live 6 in October. Prior to that, Struve was on the receiving end of a highlight reel superman punch KO at the hands of Travis Browne, so a win here is necessary unless he wants to start dreaming up ways to make 205.
In other booking news, lightweight contender Evan Dunham and undefeated British submission specialist Paul Sass have agreed to meet one another at UFC on Fox 2, which transpires January 28th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dunham recently snapped a two fight losing streak at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger, where he outstruck TUF 13 contestant Shamar Bailey handily en route to a unanimous decision.
Sass, on the other hand, is fresh off a brilliant first round heel hook victory over TUF 12 finalist Michael Johnson, also at UFC Live 6. “Sassangle” has posted an incredible eight wins via triangle, including a win over Mark Holst at UFC 120. His Jiu Jitsu game will all but be nullified by Dunham, however, who is a black belt in BJJ and has scored six submission wins of his own, including an armbar win over TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero.
The UFC’s debut on FuelTV is headlined by a bout between top welterweight contenders Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger, and goes down February 15th at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.