by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Menne-Herman, 8-man tourney highlight Extreme Challenge 63

HAYWARD, Wis. — Dave Menne’s accomplishments in mixed martial arts will no doubt make him one of the sport’s all-time great fighters.
The problem is… he isn’t finished.

Menne, the first-ever UFC middleweight champion, says he is ready to resume fighting at the highest level after corrective eye surgery. Armed with 20/20 vision — it was 20/800 before the surgery — Menne hopes to earn his way back into the UFC by defeating Team Quest’s Ed Herman in the main event of Extreme Challenge 63 on July 23 at LCO Casino.

“For a couple years, Dave was fighting at an obvious disadvantage,” said Team Extreme manager Monte Cox. “He would lose his contacts in the first minute or so of his fights and was basically fighting on instinct after that.”

Herman will be no easy victim. The strong ground-and-pounder recently finished Nick Thompson in the first round and has built a solid 9-2 record.

Menne is 41-11-2 in his career and has won five bouts in row as he worked his way back for the fight with Herman. Besides the main event, an 8-man middleweight tourney will feature many of the sport’s top up-and-comers. Brock Larson (9-0) of nearby Minneapolis is considered by most to be the favorite, but it is a field full of potential upsets.

The last Extreme Challenge 8-man tourney held at LCO Casino produced 6 UFC fighters, including UFC champions Matt Hughes and Dave Menne. Also in that tourney were UFC regulars Joe Doerksen, LaVerne Clark, Chris Lytle and Dave Strasser.

Main Event
Ed Herman (9-2) vs. Dave Menne (41-11-2)

8-man middleweight tournament
A Bracket
Ryan McGivern (4-0) vs. Tom Jones (4-2)
Joey Guel (7-3) vs. Chris Clements (2-0)

B Bracket
Damarcus Johnson (1-1) vs. Brock Larson (9-0)
Neal Rowe (3-0) vs. Ryan Jensen (4-0)

Alternate bout
Sean Huffman (5-4) vs. Eddie Sanchez (6-5)