by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo courtesy of EdHerman.tv)
Ed Herman picked up his third win in a row at Ultimate Fighting Championship 78, defeating Joe Doerksen by knockout. The win avenged an earlier loss in his career to the Canadian fighter and scored him “knockout of the night” honors, as well.
Originally, Herman was slated to face Cesar Gracie-trained fighter David Terrell in the bout, but an injury forced him off the card. Doerksen stepped in on short notice, giving the Team Quest fighter a chance to avenge the triangle choke loss of their previous fight.
Herman looked ready for anything and worked his way to a dominant third-round knockout, despite a few bumps in the road during the second round.
“You know how this sport is; it’s highs and lows,” said Herman about the fight with Doerksen. “It’s definitely a high.”
The second round saw him look solid throughout, but late in the session he was locked into another triangle choke/armbar attempt from Doerksen and many thought it was deja vu from their first bout, three years earlier.
“It was pretty damn tight,” Herman stated about the triangle choke. “I went to throw a big elbow and I kind of slipped off and he locked right in on that triangle, he’s got a good triangle. He was working the armbar too. It popped my arm a little bit actually, and I was definitely a little bit nervous. I knew there was a short time, I knew there was just a few seconds (left in the round).”
Herman managed to survive the round and came out looking ready for the third, but the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor was still feeling the effect of the submission attempt early in the final session.
“It took me a few minutes to recover,” Herman said. “When I started the third round, it felt like I had a little bit of a buzz for a second. I shook it off and started moving my feet a little bit, but it definitely took me more than just a minute to recover.”
With the win over Doerksen, Herman has now picked up three impressive wins in a row after dealing with back-to-back losses to Kendall Grove in “The Ultimate Fighter” finale and Jason MacDonald in Hollywood, Fla.
Herman attributes a change in training and mental focus to his recent success.
“Everything’s going my way now,” he said. “I picked up the training regimen, started training more. I think it’s a mental thing too, just being mentally prepared.”
With the middleweight division growing, but the list of potential contenders for Anderson Silva’s title slimming down, Herman stays realistic about his goals and knows he has plenty of time to get ready before a championship looms on his horizon.
“I’m looking to eventually get a title shot, but I’m in no hurry,” stated Herman. “I got a long contract with the UFC, and I’ve got a lot of room to improve.”
For now, Ed Herman will enjoy the victory over Doerksen and await the birth of his twins due in just a few months.