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Ed Herman: “I’m Pretty Sure My Knee’s Torn Out”

(Dammit, Ed.  You start yawning like that and pretty soon the whole arena will be doing it.  Photo courtesy of

Following his loss via injury TKO at UFC 102, Ed Herman has been suspended indefinitely until he gets cleared by a doctor, which may not happen until he gets some surgery and does a little rehab.  Herman went down in agony in the second round of his fight with Aaron Simpson, but according to what he told The Columbian, the actual troubles started earlier in the night:

"I’m pretty sure my knee’s torn out.  I felt it buckle underneath me in the first round.  I just tried to fight through it.  Then it buckled again."

So what does the UFC do with a mid-level guy who’s going to be laid up for a little while?  You’d like to think that they’ll keep him on the roster and wait for him to recover and give it another go.  You’d also like to think that they wouldn’t cut every single losing fighter from the UFC 101 undercard, so maybe we should keep our expectations realistic.  Get well soon, "Short Fuse."

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UFC fan- September 1, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Herman Munster go home!
Woody- August 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm
Somewhere Kendall Grove is smiling thinking "I'm not gonna be the first TUF champion to be cut!!!"
Polish- August 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm
CHARLIE BIT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

- only true internet dorks will get it.
eelcozy- August 31, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Yeah I was very surprised that Ed was even allowed to continue. The whole arena made awful sympathy noises each time you could see his knee pop.
Da Spied Her- August 31, 2009 at 1:13 pm
What I thought was interesting was hearing Simpson's corner inbetween rounds telling him to "sweep the leg".
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- August 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Let's see, I can barely put weight on my leg, what should I do? I know, I'll try to plant on it with all my weight and throw a twisting kick.

Good job, dumbass.
EzMoNeY- August 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm
to kinda add insult to injury, we were up in the rose garden box suites, and just so happened that after his fight ed herman was in the box next to with crutches, and then later in the night, since the maincard fights were going pretty fast, they threw in the prelim fight into the live broadcast of ed's fight, so he had to rewatch himself lose his fight/blow his knee right after it happened.
lesnerisafag- August 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm
poor guy,, good fighter goes down with a bum knee yet again..
WhiteOnRice- August 31, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Ultimately he made the wrong decision by attempting to throw a kick and posting off of the bad leg. Anyone could see how that would torque and tear an already damaged knee. He should have avoided that and went with his other strengths ala Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown. Or he should have just said no mas and stopped the fight.
Swedish- August 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Ginger can go suck a fat one.... For being such a cocky bastard he deserves to be sent to the minors at StrikeFarse
Sneaky Pete- August 31, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Agreed. Herman should have stopped. He hobbled backed to his corner and I thought it was obvious that he shouldn't continue. I was surprised when he actually came out. I appreciate the attempt that he made to show heart, but there really wasn't enough at stake to justify coming back out AND throwing a kick with the bum leg. Not wise at all.

Simpson looked good. I look forward to seeing him again in the UFC.
munche- August 31, 2009 at 11:46 am
When a fighter is all jacked up on adrenaline, there are several safeguards there to protect them, all of which failed Ed Herman in this fight.

He should have been smart enough to not go back out, but he wasn't.

His corner should have seen that he couldn't stand and called it, but they did not.

The referee/ring doctor should NOT have allowed a dude that couldn't stand to come back out. "Protect the knee!" WTF??

thanks to horrible officiating there and bad judgement from Herman and his corner, he went from a knee injury to a very severe knee injury.
Dojima- August 31, 2009 at 11:33 am
his corner definitely shouldnt have let him continue after his hobbled walk clearly showed a serious knee injury....but, I cant believe that they expected him to go right out in round 2, plant the injured leg, throw all his weight plus extra momentum on said leg into a failed head kick - thats just sheer block-headedness to try to utilize the injured body part... take a cue from Urijah who just threw elbows with two broken hands. Or Daniel-san, who did the one-legged Flying Crane because of a bum knee...
J-Dog- August 31, 2009 at 11:23 am
IMHO he was getting beaten quite handily even before the knee injury. Even without the injury he was headed for a loss. I thought Simpson was looking tough as hell.
Mike Milbury- August 31, 2009 at 11:20 am
Yeah, like Osama said. Try to be in a "tough guy" for fighting through a serious injury and you'll more than likely end up on a hospital bed for months with no training and no paycheck. God, that's my pet peeve in sports, especially in certain sports where the athletes don't make a ton of coin and should know better. Hope Ed gets better, but he gets no sympathy from me.
The Man- August 31, 2009 at 11:06 am
Get well Ed.
Osama- August 31, 2009 at 11:00 am
Now we all know that this was a pretty dumb thing to do by Ed and his corner. But where were the ring side doctors? I never saw anyone check up on Ed, eventhough he was in so much pain and obviously could no longer fight. I hope people learn from this.
Scotch please- August 31, 2009 at 10:40 am
I blame Ed Herman's corner for letting him go out for the second round. He was obviously in serious jeopardy, he wasn't going to go out there and win the fight with a big knockout, he was either going to lose by throwing in the towel or lose by destroying his knee. The corner should have done the right thing and tried to save him agony and a worse surgery.
BuckWild- August 31, 2009 at 10:39 am
I thought he should have quit the first time it buckled. He limped back to his corner at the end if the round.