In a fight that was horribly under-promoted, Ed Herman became the only UFC fighter in history to step into the Strikeforce cage when he took on Jacare Souza. After stepping in on short notice, the usually-middleweights competed at a catchweight of 194 pounds.
Herman was announced as a replacement for Lorenz Larkin on December 20 and couldn't have had enough time for a proper training camp. When considering the incredible talent of Jacare, this was a very risky decision.
Ultimately, it proved to be a terrible decision, as Jacare was dominant in both the standup and grappling portion of this fight. The official stoppage came by way of kimura at 3:25 in the first round.
What we'll remember about this fight
The dominance of Jacare Souza. Aside from Herman attempting a heel hook that was never close, Jacare was in complete control of this contest. Two takedowns were scored with little resistance and the groundwork was slick.
What we learned about Ed Herman
That he is courageous. Taking a fight against Jacare isn't advisable in the first place. To do it on three weeks notice in downright suicidal.
What we learned about Jacare Souza
He continues to improve in all aspects of the game. With Rafael Cavalcante helping with the standup game, Souza's striking has never looked better. The same can be said for his wrestling, which was very efficient.
What's next for Ed Herman
Herman did Dana White a favor by stepping up and taking this fight. It's unlikely that he will be punished for such a poor performance.
It's back to the drawing board, as Herman is winless in consecutive fights. A fight with Tom Watson or Stanislav Nedkov is likely in his future.
What's next for Jacare Souza
This is exactly the sort of momentum that a star like Souza needs when transitioning into the UFC. By proving that he can not only hang with a UFC veteran like Herman, but actually dominate him, speaks volumes about the future of Jacare.
As much as I would love to see a rematch with Luke Rockhold, I think it''s important to keep the Strikeforce imports away from one another. Jacare should meet a Top 15 opponent like Costa Philippou or Jake Shields in his UFC debut.
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