(People tell him to stop going to that damn epileptic barber, but Heath just won’t listen.)
Remember yesterday when we told you that Cain Velasquez was going to be back in action at UFC 99 in Germany, and we were hoping he’d see a step up in competition? Well, our wish has been granted, as MMA Weekly reports that Velasquez will face noted heavyweight stepping stone Heath Herring in Cologne this summer.
Herring, who is 2-3 since migrating to the UFC, last saw action as a one-man pony ride for Brock Lesnar in a decision loss that left Herring with a fractured orbital bone and Lesnar with a title shot. Before that Herring won a victory over Cheick Kongo, who briefly thought he was a wrestler, and lost a decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira despite rocking Big Nog with a head kick early on.
If what we saw in Herring’s performances against Lesnar and in his UFC debut loss to Jake O’Brien are any indication (remember what Velasquez did to O’Brien?), getting matched up with another big wrestler that the UFC has high hopes for is not a good sign for “The Texas Crazy Horse.” Velasquez seemed to have really rounded out his skill-set in his last fight, and he could put a serious hurting on Herring.
If he does, it’s basically Velasquez’s pass into the upper echelon of the UFC’s heavyweight class. If he doesn’t, Herring gets to keep hanging around in his win one, lose one fashion.
No word yet on who Velasquez’s AKA teammate Mike Swick will face, but there is this:
(Too close to Ovaltine, man. And I swore that stuff off back in ’96. Sorry.)
Our friends at Fightlinker found this brand new t-shirt design for Mike Swick’s “Swick-Fu” line. I like that it has a consistent theme, but I just can’t see myself or anyone who is not in Mike Swick’s entourage being proud to sport this on their back in public. This, however, is a different story…