Ed Herman

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Ed Herman
Born Edward Benson Herman
(1980-10-02) October 2, 1980 (age 34)
Vancouver, Washington, United States
Other names Short Fuse
Residence Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Team Team Quest
Rank      Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu [2]
Years active 2002-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 22
By knockout 5
By submission 13
By decision 4
Losses 10
By knockout 1
By submission 6
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Edward Benson Herman (born October 2, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in their Middleweight division. He was a finalist on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 3, training under UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.


Herman was born and primarily raised in Vancouver, Washington by his father who competed in wrestling for Iowa University. His mother lived in Portland, Oregon and he spent time there as well. In high school, Herman played football and also competed in wrestling. Shortly after high school he began training in mixed martial arts at Team Quest.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

While on The Ultimate Fighter, he won a preliminary victory against Danny Abaddi via armbar submission. In the semifinals, he defeated Rory Singer via rear-naked choke submission. He then lost to Kendall Grove in the finals by unanimous decision. Despite his loss, Herman was subsequently awarded a contract by UFC president Dana White based on his performance.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Herman made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale, where he lost to Kendall Grove in the finals by unanimous decision.

Herman lost his second fight to Jason MacDonald at Ortiz vs Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter via triangle choke submission in round one.

At UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon, Herman scored his first UFC victory in a Catchweight contest defeating Chris Price via armbar midway through round one. At the weigh in Herman made the 186 lb limit however Price did not take to the scales, coming back later that evening to record 192 lb.

Herman won his second consecutive UFC fight by defeating Scott Smith via rear-naked choke submission. This fight was held at UFC 72 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Herman won Submission of the Night honors for his performance.

In Herman's fourth UFC fight, he took on Canadian fighter Joe Doerksen at UFC 78 who held a prior victory over Herman via submission. Herman avenged that loss, winning the fight by knocking Doerksen out in the third round and receiving Knockout of the Night honors in the process.

At UFC 83, Herman took on undefeated Brazilian fighter Demian Maia. Herman lost to Maia by triangle choke submission in the second round.

At UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer, Herman lost by split decision to Alan Belcher.

Herman's next fight came at UFC 97, where he defeated David Loiseau via unanimous decision.

In his fight against Aaron Simpson, Herman's knee was caught in a bad position near the end of the first-round during a takedown, with his opponent landing on the knee. Herman most likely sustained a serious injury at this point, visibly having trouble putting any weight on the injured leg after the round ended. Herman seemed to recover, and answered the bell for the second round. Early in the second, however, Herman further injured his knee attempting a high-kick, causing him to collapse to the mat in pain and the fight to be stopped.

Herman faced Tim Credeur on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,[4] winning via TKO 48 seconds into the first round.

Herman then stepped in to replace an injured Tom Lawlor against Kyle Noke at UFC on Versus 5 on August 14, 2011.[5] Herman defeated Noke by submission (heel hook) in the first round.[6]

Herman faced Clifford Starks on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[7] He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Herman faced Jake Shields on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[8] Herman lost to Shields via unanimous decision. However, on October 12, 2012, it was revealed that Shields has tested positive for a banned substance and the result was overturned to a No Contest.[9]

Herman faced Trevor Smith on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[10] He won the fight by split decision. The win also earned Herman his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[11]

Herman was expected to face Rafael Natal on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[12] However, Natal was pulled from the pairing with Herman in favor of a bout with Tim Kennedy on November 6, 2013 in the event headliner at UFC Fight Night 31.[13] Herman instead faced Thales Leites.[14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Herman faced Rafael Natal on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Herman is expected to face Derek Brunson on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[16]


For the Strikeforce promotion's final show, Herman was allowed to step away from the UFC for one fight and signed to face Ronaldo Souza at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[17] Herman took the fight after several UFC fighters turned it down. He lost via submission in the first round.

Personal life[edit]

Herman lives with his girlfriend Crystal and her daughter. The couple had twins in January 2008. Before becoming a full-time professional fighter, Herman worked as a bartender and bouncer. He has a younger brother and two step-sisters.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–10 (1) Rafael Natal Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 21–10 (1) Thales Leites Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–9 (1) Trevor Smith Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States Fight of the Night
Loss 20–9 (1) Ronaldo Souza Submission (kimura) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 1 3:10 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
NC 20–8 (1) Jake Shields NC (overturned loss) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Decision loss overturned; Shields failed post-fight drug test.
Win 20–8 Clifford Starks Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 2 1:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–8 Kyle Noke Submission (inverted heel hook) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 1 4:15 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 18–8 Tim Credeur TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 1 0:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–8 Aaron Simpson TKO (knee injury) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 2 0:17 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 17–7 David Loiseau Decision (unanimous) UFC 97 April 18, 2009 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 16–7 Alan Belcher Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer September 17, 2008 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 16–6 Demian Maia Technical Submission (mounted triangle choke) UFC 83 April 19, 2008 2 2:27 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 16–5 Joe Doerksen KO (punch) UFC 78 November 17, 2007 3 0:39 Newark, New Jersey, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 15–5 Scott Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 72 June 16, 2007 2 2:25 Belfast, Northern Ireland Submission of the Night
Win 14–5 Chris Price Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon January 25, 2007 1 2:58 Hollywood, Florida, United States Submission of the Night
Loss 13–5 Jason MacDonald Submission (triangle choke) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 1 2:43 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 13–4 Kendall Grove Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale June 24, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 13–3 Dave Menne TKO (corner stoppage) Extreme Challenge 63 July 23, 2005 1 5:00 Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–3 Nick Thompson TKO (injury) Hand 2 Hand Combat June 17, 2005 1 N/A Ohio, United States
Win 11–3 Rhomez Brower Submission (armbar) IFC: Mayhem in Montana April 30, 2005 1 2:47 Billings, Montana, United States
Win 10–3 Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) SF 9: Respect March 26, 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Loss 9–3 Joe Doerksen Technical Submission (triangle choke) SF 7: Frightnight October 23, 2004 3 2:12 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 9–2 Brian Ebersole Submission (triangle choke) SF 5: Stadium August 28, 2004 2 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Loss 8–2 Kazuo Misaki Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Final July 25, 2004 2 3:31 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–1 Shane Davis Submission (armbar) SF 4: Fight For Freedom June 26, 2004 3 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 7–1 Cory Devela Submission (armbar) Pride and Fury June 3, 2004 1 3:20 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 6–1 Jacen Flynn Submission (armbar) SF 3: Dome April 17, 2004 2 3:48 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 5–1 Justin Hawes Submission (armbar) DesertBrawl 10 April 3, 2004 2 3:45 Bend, Oregon, United States
Win 4–1 Derek Downey TKO (punches) SF 1: Revolution February 21, 2004 3 2:14 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 3–1 Rich Guerin Submission (keylock) PPKA: Ultimate Fight Night 3 January 3, 2004 4 2:17 Yakima, Washington, United States
Win 2–1 Ryan Pope Submission (armbar) Desert Brawl 9 November 8, 2003 1 0:24 Bend, Oregon, United States
Loss 1–1 Shane Davis Submission (armbar) TQP: Sport Fight "Second Coming" August 23, 2003 1 2:18 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 1–0 Ryan Pope Submission (armbar) Xtreme Ring Wars 2 May 10, 2003 1 2:38 Pasco, Washington, United States


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva". UFC.com. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "UFC on FOX 8′s Ed Herman on $200 paydays, sketchy hotels and now-veteran status". MMAjunkie.com. July 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.ed-herman.com/bio.cfm
  4. ^ "Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman Targeted For TUF 13 Finale". Heavy.com. February 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tom Lawlor Injured, Off UFC on Versus 5 Card, Ed Herman Now Faces Kyle Noke". bloodyelbow.com. July 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "UFC on Versus 5 Play-by-Play: Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke". MMAWeekly.com. August 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks Added to UFC 143". mmafighting.com. December 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman slated for UFC 150 in Denver". mmajunkie.com. April 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Colorado commission confirms Shields' suspension, UFC 150 win changed to no-contest". mmajunkie.com. October 15, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event". mmajunkie.com. April 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-07-27). "UFC on FOX 8 bonuses: Johnson, Guillard, Herman, Smith earn $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  12. ^ Dana Becker (September 16, 2013). "UFC 167 Adds Ed Herman-Rafael Natal". fightline.com. 
  13. ^ Staff. "Tim Kennedy gets Rafael Natal at UFC's 'Fight for the Troops 3'". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 10-01-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Staff. "Thales Leites replaces Rafael Natal, faces Ed Herman at UFC 167". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 10-02-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ Staff. "Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal joins UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-09-18). "Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman slated for UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  17. ^ "STRIKEFORCE® MARQUARDT VS. SAFFIEDINE". strikeforce.com. 2012-11-30. 
  18. ^ "10 Questions With Ed Herman (2/1/2008)". DARRICKPATRICK>LIVEJOURNAL.com. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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