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Heath Herring To Face Lesnar at UFC 87

(Get used to this look.)

MMAWeekly has confirmed that Heath Herring has agreed to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 87 (August 9th, Minneapolis), filling in for Mark Coleman, who dropped out of the event after tearing a knee ligament during a sparring session last Friday.

Most MMA fans believed that Coleman was being set up for a steamrollin’ — and this video sure didn’t help — but Herring isn’t nearly the underdog that Coleman would have been. One of the most experienced heavyweights currently active, Herring holds notable victories over Mark Kerr, Igor Vonchanchyn, and most recently Cheick Kongo at UFC 82, and has had the honor of being beaten by Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (three times!). Though he’s good with submissions and wouldn’t be giving up a size advantage to Lesnar, Herring’s questionable takedown defense could make this a favorable matchup for the ex-WWE star.

As for Coleman, he’s pretty bummed about his injury, although he’ll only be out of action for six weeks and won’t need surgery. Check out this short video interview from MMARated to watch Coleman try to stay positive in the face of Ariel Helwani’s probing questions.

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Crocop- May 25, 2008 at 8:06 am
In Korea, they place "Pride" and "UFC" constantly, and Fedor is on game shows occasionally here.

I can't see how Crocop could loose in the UFC, but Fedor is amazing. It is like he is better on the floor top or bottom. I would love to see him in UFC, but I think he will be way past his prime when that happens, then everyone will say, "I guess he wasn't that good after all."
Dota- May 24, 2008 at 9:11 pm
I hope brock dies from too much HGH
Warcraft- May 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm
Unless Lesnar improved alot since his fight with Mir.
I hope Herring doesn't work over Lesnar to much. I'm sure even if he loses the UFC will still find another match for him.
BrandonInMontreal- May 24, 2008 at 6:59 am
I think Heath Herring knows that Brock Lesnar is one guy you don't want to suckerpunch if he ever tried to kiss you during a staredown. Hey Heath, if that ever happens, your best bet is to take off that mouthpiece and get down on your knees.
fightfan- May 23, 2008 at 10:20 pm
That sucks. I was really looking forward to seeing Coleman run for his life from Brock a la Kalib/Quarry. Anyways, isnt that why the UFC has guys like Eddie Sanchez and Colin Robinson on the payroll for???