by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
At the season finale of the Ultimate Fighter 3, Ed Herman and Kendall Grove put on a memorable fight. The match went to a decision and Kendall Grove was announced as the victor. Although Herman came up short, both fighters were awarded UFC contracts for their entertaining efforts. On October 10th, “Short Fuse” will make his return to the Octagon on the undercard of “Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3 – The Final Chapter.”
As one of the most outspoken personalities from the third season of the Ultimate Fighter, Herman expressed his eagerness to get back into the Octagon. “I’m most definitely excited, I can’t wait to get into there and fight,” said Herman on MMAWeekly Radio’s SoundOff. “I’ve been in the greatest shape of my life; I’ve been injury free for one of the first times. Everything has gone right this time around.”
Throughout the show, Herman expressed his dislike for Tito Ortiz after he wasn’t chosen to be on the former UFC champion’s team. He addressed how his comments were portrayed on television and talked about his relationship with Ortiz after the show.
“They pumped it up, they definitely pumped it up,” explained Herman. “Tito and I made our peace. I don’t have any animosity towards him now. No, I’m not mad at Tito anymore.”
Participating on the Ultimate Fighter gave the contestants national television exposure. Herman commented on how the show has affected his life and career.
“It has and it hasn’t. I’m still the same dude, I do the same stuff. I get recognized everywhere I go now. Besides that, my life is the same.”
Ed Herman lost a close decision to Kendall Grove last June. Fans were treated to a very entertaining and competitive fight. A rematch between these two seems almost inevitable.
“I feel if I fight Kendall again I would win. Not taking anything away from him, he did a great job and got a lot better throughout that whole process,” said Herman. “I feel like I’ve really buckled down my conditioning. As long as things go right, I think I can beat Kendall on any given night.”
“It’s going to happen again at some point,” added Ed. “Kendall said he’d rematch me.”
This coming Tuesday, “Short Fuse” returns to face Jason MacDonald. Fighting out of Canada, MacDonald is a veteran of Maximum Fighting Championships and will be making his debut in the UFC.
“I know he’s an experienced fighter, he’s a vet. A lot of people may not know who he is just because he hasn’t been in the UFC,” commented Ed. “He’s been fighting in big shows all around the country for a while now. I remember seeing him fight when I first started fighting. He’s pretty well-rounded, but I think I’ve got his number. It’s going to be good fight.”