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More Evidence That Ed Herman Is Totally Sweet…In His Own Special Way

(…and the home…of the…brave.)

A few years ago I went to a Sportfight event in Portland, Oregon where Ed Herman beat Glover Texeira via decision to claim the Sportfight middleweight title. Afterwards he came down the aisles shaking hands and he looked more exhausted than any human being I have ever seen, which is also how he looked from about mid-way through the second round on. He still won, though, and it was a great fight.

Afterwards, Chris Leben told me that Herman’s philosophy on cardio at the time was something along the lines of ‘I get tired when I do a lot of cardio and don’t party, and I get tired when I don’t do a lot of cardio and do party. I’m just going to have to get used to getting tired.’

I only bring it up now because Herman is one of those fighters who is really awesome when viewed through the correct lens. That lens? A tough bastard who sometimes does things that aren’t so smart, for reasons that aren’t so smart, but he knows it and has a ‘what can you do?’ type of attitude about it. I realize that sounds a little weird, but I think these quotes from a recent article on sum it up nicely.

On fighting Alan Belcher:

“I think I’m better in the clinch.” Herman says. “I think my Greco style and dirty boxing is going to beat his little fancy pants Muay Thai stuff. …I think he’s a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu, but all that changes with a couple of elbows.”

On what went wrong against Demian Maia:

“Basically, my game plan in that Maia fight was to try to keep it standing and box him or beat him up in the clinch. I knew he was going to try to take it to the ground, it was no secret. My game plan was to break off when he pulled guard and haul him back up. We practiced that for months. But for some reason when I got into the fight, I kind of went on auto-pilot and I didn’t use my brain and I sat down there in his guard.

On coming of age at Team Quest:

“It was pretty much, ‘if you keep coming to practice, if you can keep surviving, you belong.’ And I was like . . . all right. So me and [Chris] Leben showed up every day and got our asses whupped for three years. That’s pretty much how we got tough, dude.”

Call me crazy. There’s just something about that guy’s sincerity and total lack of pretense that I really like.

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Justme- September 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Also known as grabbing the back of your head while punching you in the face
Nobama- September 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm
@ derly:

"Since when is Dirty Boxing really that effective in the long run. That’s just saying, “Let me swing wildly in desparation and hopefully you chin is open..."

Dirty boxing has absolutely nothing to do with swinging wildly in desperation. It's close-quarters controlled combat from a clinch.
Ls18- September 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm
And Derman has never seen a Randy Couture fight.
skidding- September 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm
Ed Herman lacks warrior spirit in his fights, and what I've seen of him, is a very whiny guy who complains a lot and enjoys drinking like an Irishman.
patrick cote- September 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm
i think i was safer in bosnia
patrick cote- September 11, 2008 at 12:58 pm
shit help me
wanderlei silva- September 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm
this is a very emotional time for mee
Tito- September 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm
I should have picked you, Ed.
bas rutten- September 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm
cum to my gym josh so me and kimbo can hang u from thee fuckingg ceiling an practice kicking yr fat smurf ass in thee liver.then fuckingg stab u ahahrrrrrrrrrr
randy couture- September 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm
dont turn up on monday josh u look like a god dam smurf and the adjustments u have to make to be just advarage are bigger than brock am sorry buddy but if u turn up am going to tell wandi to kill u.
josh haynes- September 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm
randy what the fuck man i fuckin loved you man i cryed when u lost to chuck.
GSP- September 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm
i am a proud champion
randy couture- September 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm
i feel that eds got to get back in thier and deal with the adversity of being a ginger dick and impose his will in his fights pretending to be tough will only get u so far.sometimes he is asleep and me mat and danny put him in the road hoping a semi will cum along.its not easy having a big gym like me u get alsorts of spackers wanting to train thier josh haynes ed herman the list goes on.i would like to say hello to all my fans on cp and i am training hard for my next fight am throwing kim round like a rag doll cos its all about beating the dog crap out of brock lesnar and remaining at the top
Hed Erman- September 11, 2008 at 11:30 am
The guy always tries to put that tough look on his face....but it doesn't work. There is something a guy with red hair that just doesn't make him tough. (Ronald McDonald comparison perhaps??)
Sam- September 11, 2008 at 9:57 am
Could be that the dude always looks like he's asleep or is aboot to fall asleep.
Scott- September 11, 2008 at 7:28 am
I think Ed is a really good middleweight, but obviously he has some issues prioritizing. But, like the author of this article, I think thats one of the reasons I dig him. That, and other than Fedor, he's the most laid-back, anti-wigger, jump-around, street-glare dude in MMA in the pre-fight intros..
Derly- September 11, 2008 at 3:27 am
I really wanted to see Herman pull through on TUF, and I'm highly dissappointed he isn't doing as well as he was made up to be. He seemed like a bad ass on the show, but since then it's been sorta downhill. And hearing about his attitude in this way just further crushed my confidence in him.

Same goes for Leben, but I actually hated Leben on the show and I still hate him. LOL

Since when is Dirty Boxing really that effective in the long run. That's just saying, "Let me swing wildly in desparation and hopefully you chin is open."
Anonymous- September 11, 2008 at 3:02 am
Aah finally!
Anonymous- September 11, 2008 at 3:00 am
Is posting fixed yet?
operator- September 11, 2008 at 2:36 am
Yeah he is too busy worrying about wether or not he is better looking than his opponent.
Derekrva- September 11, 2008 at 12:49 am
This provides a lot of insight to Ed Herman. I always want this guy to do well, but like he says a lot of the time it just looks like his brain isn't in the fight. Best of luck to him against Belcher, should be a good matchup for him.