September 17, 2008

by Al Yu, MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighter runner-up Ed Herman looked to rebound off of a loss to Demian Maia. Across the Octagon from Herman was Alan Belcher, a fighter known for his confidence and striking prowess. Belcher came out the aggressor as expected, landing a few nice punches. However, “Short Fuse” returned with counter strikes of his own as the two fighters exchanged.

Various flying punches, subtle antics and solid trades highlighted the middleweight match-up. Belcher had the edge in striking on their feet while Herman was able to take his opponent down in each of the three rounds. Herman finished the fight strong, throwing strikes from the full mount as the final round came to an end.

Much to the displeasure of the booing crowd, Alan Belcher received a controversial split decision. Belcher got a much needed win and put his name back into the list of potential 185-pound contenders.

UFC Fight Night’s opening broadcast bout featured Omaha, Nebraska’s own Houston Alexander against submission specialist Eric “Red” Schafer. The crowd’s cheers were deafening as Alexander was introduced. Schafer survived an onslaught of straight punches and knees from his heavy-handed opponent. The Wisconsin native displayed a solid chin as he absorbed many hard shots before getting Alexander to the mat. From there, Schafer would work his way into full mount before securing an impressive side choke.

“I trained hard for this,” said Schafer. “That’s my signature move.”