This past May, former UFC heavyweight Dave Herman picked up his first win since 2011 with a unanimous decision victory over Kalib Starnes at Titan FC 28.
Looking back over the win, Herman told MMAWeekly.com in deadpan fashion, “It went three rounds, to a decision, and that’s only the second one of those, so that’s kind of an accomplishment in itself… sort of.”
While he is happy with the win, Herman admits that fighting lighter than he had been in a long time caused him to not be as effective as he could have been.
“I just felt really weak,” said Herman. “I hadn’t lifted at all – maybe twice in a week – but I didn’t have a lifting routine at all. I was the lightest I’d ever weighed in by 10 pounds.
“I wasn’t really worried about it because (Starnes) was small anyway, so I wouldn’t have to be strong, so it didn’t matter. It ended up mattering.”
Thankfully for Herman (22-6), when he returns to action on Sept. 26 in Cedar Park, Texas, he’ll be fighting closer to his normal weight when he takes on Walt Harris (7-3) in a heavyweight showdown.
“I think he’s probably the top of the weight class for heavyweights,” said Herman of Harris. “He’s a really strong, fast, athletic heavyweight.
“I was a little small in my last fight, so I started lifting and I think that’s probably going to be a difference coming up.”
A win over Harris on Sept. 26 will not only give Herman his first winning streak in years, but there’s a possibility it could lead to a championship… not that it’s a driving factor for him moving forward.
“There is talk of a potential title fight,” said Herman. “That would be cool. (But) I don’t really care about that other stuff anyway.”