Dave Herman (fighter)

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Dave Herman
Born David J. Herman
(1984-10-03) October 3, 1984 (age 33)
Columbia City, Indiana, United States
Other names Pee-Wee
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 242 lb (110 kg; 17 st 4 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Fighting out of Temecula, California, United States
Team Team Quest
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 22
By knockout 15
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 6
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By disqualification 1
Website http://www.daveherman.net/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David John Herman (born October 3, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Heavyweight division of Titan FC. A professional competitor since 2006, Herman has competed in the UFC, Bellator, EliteXC, World Victory Road, ShoXC, and Shark Fights.[1][2][3]


Herman was born in Columbia City, Indiana and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending Concordia Lutheran High School. At Concordia, Herman participated in various sports including football, track and field, and cross country. He also competed in wrestling for one month in his sophomore year before being expelled from the school. After taking his GED as a junior and spending a year at IPFW, Herman transferred to Indiana University at Bloomington, which has a Division I wrestling program. Despite having basically no high school wrestling experience, Herman competed for Indiana as a walk-on and excelled, competing for three full years and part of a fourth year. He red-shirted his first season which was from 2003–04 and held an impressive 28–9 record in his second season. He then claimed the exclusive starting role in his third season, holding a 28–16 record and qualifying for the NCAA tournament, in which he went 2–2. In a 2006 pre-season ranking, Herman was placed as high as eighth in the nation. In his fourth season Herman started off the season flawlessly, winning a tournament in November, but left a week later with no explanation for his departure, and later graduated from the university with a degree in general studies. Herman began training in mixed martial arts after watching one of his former college teammates train in the rising sport.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following a 2–0 amateur career, Herman made his professional mixed martial arts debut on December 31, 2006. He quickly amassed an undefeated 11–0 record, fighting 10 times throughout 2007, and went 13–0 before actually joining an MMA gym and officially begin training.

In 2008, Herman signed with the now defunct EliteXC organization. He debuted on the undercard of EliteXC: Street Certified, defeating Mario Rinaldi via TKO. His second bout came at EliteXC: Return of the King, where he defeated Ron Waterman via TKO. He next faced Kerry Schall in the main event of ShoXC 9, which would ultimately be the final show by the company.

Following the dissolution of EliteXC, Herman fought for a variety of promotions including Bellator Fighting Championships, Shark Fights and World Victory Road. Korean fighter Mu Bae Choi handed him his first loss in Japan on January 4, 2009, fighting in the Sengoku promotion. In his next fight Herman defeated Jim York at Sengoku 11.[5]

In 2010, Herman became entangled in a lawsuit with Bellator[6] that kept him out of action in the United States for just over a year. Once the legal issues were settled, Herman was scheduled to face Ricco Rodriguez at Bellator 31[7] but Rodriguez pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury.[8] Michal Kita stepped in, and served as Rodriguez's replacement.[9] Herman defeated him via first round submission.

Herman received his second loss after being disqualified for illegal knees to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Herman then faced Yoshihiro Nakao at World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight.[10] He won the fight via decision, the first fight in his career to go the distance.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Herman was expected to make his promotional debut against Rob Broughton on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[11] However, in late March, Broughton was replaced in the bout by Joey Beltran.[12]

When Brock Lesnar pulled out of his main event fight with Junior dos Santos, Jon Olav Einemo's original opponent, Shane Carwin, stepped up to replace Lesnar against dos Santos. Herman instead fought fellow UFC newcomer Einemo. Herman defeated Einemo via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of round 2 in a back and forth bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.[13]

Herman was scheduled to face Mike Russow on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136.[14] However, the bout was cancelled after Herman failed his preliminary drug test in which he tested positive for marijuana. Herman denies using the prohibited substances.[15]

Herman fought against Stefan Struve on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Herman replaced Gabriel Gonzaga to face Roy Nelson on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.[17] He was defeated via KO in 51 seconds.

Herman next faced Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[18] Herman was submitted by Nogueira via armbar in the second round, receiving the first submission loss of his career.

Herman tested positive for marijuana for the second time after failing his post-fight drug test for UFC 153. He was suspended for six months and ordered to undergo treatment.[19] The suspension was lifted in April 2013.[20]

Herman was expected to face Shane del Rosario on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[21] However, del Rosario was forced off the card due to injury and replaced by Gabriel Gonzaga.[22] Herman lost the fight just 17 seconds into the first round by TKO. After losing four fights in a row, Herman was released from the UFC.[23]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

On January 28, 2014, it was announced that Herman had signed a contract with Titan Fighting Championship.[24]

Herman was expected to face Kalib Starnes at Titan FC 28 on April 25, 2014.[25] However the event was delayed until May 16, 2014.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Herman was expected to face Walt Harris at Titan FC 30 on September 26, 2014.[27] However Harris was forced out of the bout with a back injury and the fight was then rescheduled to take place at Titan FC 32 on November 20, 2014.[28] However the bout was scrapped after Harris re-signed with the UFC.[29] Herman was then expected to face Jon Madsen for the Titan FC heavyweight championship at the event.[30] On November 4, 2014 it was announced that Titan FC 32 would be postponed to December 19, 2014 and will be moved from Augusta, Georgia to Lowell, Massachusetts.[31] Herman subsequently pulled out of the bout due to an injury.

Personal life[edit]

Herman married Madeleine Atchley in March 2014. They live on a farm and have a son, Leo.

On January 19, 2015 Herman was arrested in the early morning in Indiana, allegedly after leading police on a chase. Herman faces three felony charges, including resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and battery against law enforcement, and a misdemeanor charge of child neglect. His infant child was in the vehicle when he pulled over in the closest safe well lit area.

According to an incident report issued by the Dekalb County Sheriff Department, Herman was speeding on I-69 with no headlights or taillights on. When officers attempted to pull him over, Herman initially refused to pull over before stopping at a gas station, the report states.

According to the report: “David exited his vehicle and approached Officers in an aggressive manner. David was given multiple warnings to get on the ground and failed to comply. David had to be tased in order to be taken into custody. An infant and adult female were also present in the vehicle.”[32][33]

Herman's wife Madeleine claims that the police used excessive force and that Dave was attacked and tased by the police officers for not submitting without question. She also claims they opted to wait before pulling over so they could find a well-lit area for their own safety. She filmed the arrest and is demanding that Dave be released and the officers be charged.[34]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–6 Kalib Starnes Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis May 16, 2014 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 21–6 Gabriel Gonzaga KO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 1 0:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–5 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (armbar) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 2 4:31 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tested positive for marijuana.
Loss 21–4 Roy Nelson KO (punch) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 1 0:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–3 Stefan Struve TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 2 3:52 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 21–2 John-Olav Einemo TKO (punches) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 2 3:19 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 20–2 Yoshihiro Nakao Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight December 30, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–2 Michal Kita Submission (omoplata) Bellator 31 September 30, 2010 1 3:16 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss 18–2 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou DQ (illegal knees) ADFC: Round 1 May 14, 2010 2 N/A Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 18–1 Jim York KO (axe kicks and punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 November 7, 2009 1 2:25 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–1 Don Frye TKO (punches) Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes September 12, 2009 1 1:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Win 16–1 Josh Barnes KO (knee and punches) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 1 4:46 Dayton, Ohio, United States
Loss 15–1 Choi Mu-Bae TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 2 2:22 Saitama, Japan
Win 15–0 Chris Guillen TKO (punches) KOK: Season's Beatings November 22, 2008 1 1:32 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 14–0 Kerry Schall TKO (knees and punches) ShoXC 9 October 10, 2008 1 1:06 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 13–0 Ron Waterman TKO (punches) EliteXC: Return of the King June 14, 2008 1 2:19 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 12–0 Mario Rinaldi TKO (knees and punches) EliteXC: Street Certified February 16, 2008 3 0:33 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 11–0 Justin Kuhn Submission (rear-naked choke) Maximum Combat December 8, 2007 1 2:56 United States
Win 10–0 Chuck Geyer KO (punch) LOF 22: Nemesis November 30, 2007 1 1:31 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 9–0 Terry Tucker KO (punch) LOF 20: Bitter Rivals September 28, 2007 1 N/A Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 8–0 Jordan Wall Submission (punches) Title Fighting Championships June 30, 2007 1 1:30 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 7–0 Andre Mussi TKO (punches) Fight Night in the Flats III June 9, 2007 1 3:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 6–0 James Samuels KO (punch) LOF 18: Pole Position May 25, 2007 1 0:18 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 5–0 James Ferguson KO (punch) LOF 17: Unrivaled May 19, 2007 1 1:59 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 4–0 Seth Parker Submission (rear-naked choke) LOF: Revolution 4 April 13, 2007 1 3:11 Plainfield, Indiana, United States
Win 3–0 Greg Hammer Submission (punches) FSG: Coliseum Carnage April 8, 2007 1 1:13 Ames, Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Jeff Orieze KO (punch) LOF: Revolution 2 February 17, 2007 1 4:59 Plainfield, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Mike Cooke KO (punch) LOF 12: Black Tie Battles December 31, 2006 1 1:39 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


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