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Booking Roundup: Herman vs. Struve at UFC on FUEL, Dunham vs. Sass at UFC on Fox 2

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(Believe me when I tell you that I take each and every fight with 100% seriousness.)

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.

-Danga 

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hellion64- December 17, 2011 at 8:45 am
Hate to break it to ya CP, but UFC on Fuel 1 can't be at the Century Link Center in Omaha on the date in question, that day is part of the Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament, which takes place at the Century Link Center. Hate to bust your bubble.
Gobbleston- December 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm
He actually revised his statement about jiu-jitsu not working, to it not working on him. He actually has pretty amazing submission defense because of his weird shaped body. And yes, the roid test ended up being negative after all, but he got on the heefer too soon when they sprung the second blood test on him. The Struve fight should be very entertaining.
XENOPHON- December 3, 2011 at 10:26 am
who cares, Herman has a long time to go before he or J.O.E. has the skills to challenge the top cadre of talent.
Duh Ogre- December 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm
Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't it come back saying he did not test positive for steroids, just the mary jane? The initial report was both, but I believe it was changed when more facts came to light.
Fried Taco- December 2, 2011 at 10:22 am
Jiu-Jitsu doesn't work? Then why you smoking the heefer?!? Or did you mean Jiu-Jitsu with a gi doesn't work?
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