Dave Herman

Herman Stops Schall at ShoXC in Indiana

Dave Herman vs. Kerry Schall. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC


HAMMOND, Ind. (Oct. 11, 2008) – Promising, unbeaten heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee’’ Herman of Bloomington, Ind., improved to 12-0 with a 1:06, first-round TKO over Kerry “Meat Truck’’ Schall (21-11) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the main event Friday on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

Schall got Herman’s attention with a huge overhand right hand approximately a half-minute in.

But the shot only seemed to invigorate and anger Herman, who retaliated with a vengeance. He connected with a series of knees that dropped Schall and then finished off the veteran, who complained afterward about a low blow, with three punches while he was down and defenseless.

“I may have got hit, but I didn’t feel it,’’ said Herman, who improved to 3-0 for EliteXC and 2-0 on Showtime. “I don’t care who I fight next but I hope it is as soon as possible. Actually, I would like to fight on the EliteXC Nov. 8 card on Showtime.’’

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Herman-Schall Headlines Saturday ShoXC

Dave Herman. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave “Pee Wee” Herman will take on former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Kerry Schall in a bout that will headline the next edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which takes place this Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana and will be televised live on Showtime.

Additional main card bouts will feature banished ‘TUF’ competitor Jason Guida making his EliteXC debut against Mamed Khalidows and King of the Cage welterweight champion Anthony Lapsley taking on Mike Stumpf.

The complete card for the event is after the jump.

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Evening News and Notes - Sept. 16, 2008

Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here’s a little mix of news and notes that we missed over the past few days…

Jackson-Silva III Likely for UFC 91

Amidst lingering rumors that the two were set to rematch later this year, it seems that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will reportedly indeed take on longtime PRIDE middleweight title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Junkie.

Sources within the Wolfslair camp, which Jackson recently joined after parting ways with trainer Juanito Ibarra, have said that Jackson has agreed to the fight and has already begun training. Attempts to contact Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann for confirmation by MMA on Tap were unsuccessful.

Jackson and Silva have fought on two separate occasions and Silva was victorious in both fighters. Silva stopped Jackson with strikes in the first round of their original meeting at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 and then scored a second-round knockout of him at PRIDE 28 four years ago.

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Shaw Reveals EliteXC’s Upcoming Event Schedule; Garners Response from Noons

Jared Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com

Despite rampant speculation that EliteXC and the multiple promotions owned under parent company ProElite are in potential financial trouble, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw is denying the reports, at least when it comes to the home of Kimbo Slice and K.J. Noons.

“EliteXC will not be going on Sept. 20,” Shaw said in a report on MMA Junkie this morning. “I’m the vice president of EliteXC, so I don’t really know all the matters that occur with the Cage Rages or ICONs of the world. But I can tell you that EliteXC is fully functional and fully healthy. Some things happen on a larger scale not necessarily that we’re not privy to, but we’re busy working on other events. For EliteXC we just felt that we needed to clear the runway for a big landing on Oct. 4.”

Those other events Shaw speaks of apparently include four more shows over the next three months, starting with the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on September 26th, which will be headlined by Wilson Reis taking on Bao Quach for the vacant EliteXC featherweight belt.

“We have a large schedule of mixed martial arts fights coming up,” Shaw said. “We have Sept. 26 in Santa Barbara - our ShoXC featuring that world title fight (between 140-pound fighters Bao Quach and Wilson Reis). Oct. 4 (we’re) on CBS featuring Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano. Oct. 10 on Showtime, ShoXC will feature the heavyweight phenom, Dave Herman. And we will be back on Nov. 8 with another tremendous Showtime show.”

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The “Unfinished Business” Fallout Continues

Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The negative fallout from EliteXC’s second show on CBS is continuing. Yesterday the UFC and Spike TV blasted the organization for drawing lesser numbers on their network television broadcast than a replay of UFC 84: Ill Will in certain demographics last Saturday night. Gary Shaw and Doug DeLuca’s resignation from ProElite were also announced on Tuesday as well.

One of the things EliteXC heads DeLuca and Jeremy Lappen continually harped on in the weeks leading up to the event was the tremendous ticket sales they were enjoying. DeLuca stated that five days out from the event, they had already sold half of the available tickets and were expecting a sellout.

“We’re definitely well over half sold already,” DeLuca said during a pre-event conference call on July 22. “That was as of the weekend. I know we picked up a full head of steam on Monday. I’m really not too sure where ticket sales are at exactly, but we are fully expecting it to be a complete sell out.”

It turns out that DeLuca fibbed a bit.

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Noons Stops Edwards; Retains Belt in Hawaii

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The King’s return was a good one.

Fighting in his home state of Hawaii for the first time under the Elite Xtreme Combat banner, K.J. Noons successfully defended his EliteXC lightweight title for the first time, scoring a quick and brutal first-round stoppage of longtime veteran Yves Edwards in the main event of Saturday night’s “Return of the King” event.

Noons and Edwards wasted no time, quickly meeting in the center of the cage to exchange punches right from the opening bell. Although Edwards stunned Noons at one point, the fast-paced exchange on the feet suddenly came to a halt when Noons caught Edwards with a short right hand that sat him down on the canvas. Noons pounced on Edwards and unleashed a furious barrage of unanswered punches and elbows that forced referee Mario Yamasaki to step in and save Edwards.

“Yves caught me, rocked me,” Noons said after the fight. “But once I knocked him down I knew I had to go in and finish it.’’

Noons post-fight celebration was marred by the entrance of Nick Diaz, still suited up in fight gear from his bout against Muhsin Corbbrey earlier in the night, along with his younger brother and current UFC lightweight Nate Diaz, into the cage. In an attempt to hype a potential rematch between the two, the younger Diaz opted to exchange words with Noons’ father, Karl Sr.

The words soon escalated to threats and before long the elder Noons and the Diaz brothers grabbed one another, forcing ringside officials, color commentator Bill Goldberg, and everyone else in the cage to jump in and prevent an all-out brawl. The Diaz brothers quickly jolted from the cage, holding their trademark middle fingers high in the air while walking backstage.

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EliteXC: Return of the King Live Results

KJ Noons retained his EliteXC lightweight championship. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Rafael Feijao def. Wayne Cole - TKO
Dave Herman def. Ron Waterman - TKO
Murilo Rua def. Tony Bonello - TKO
Nick Diaz def. Muhsin Corbbrey - TKO
K.J. Noons def. Yves Edwards - TKO

Bubba McDaniel def. Kala Kolohe - Submission (Rear Choke)
Mark Oshiro def. Chris Willems - TKO
Kaleo Kwan def. Mike Aina - Unanimous Decision
PJ Dean vs Dean Lista - Majority Draw
Lolohea Mahe vs Chris Barnard - Cancelled

Russell Doane def. Dwayne Haney - TKO
Carl Barton def. Kepa Madeiros - TKO

Live commentary:
MMA Weekly
Bloody Elbow

EliteXC Announces Complete Card for “Return of the King”

K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for it’s upcoming “Return of the King” event, which will take place on June 14th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The event is slated to be headlined by an EliteXC lightweight title bout between current champion K.J. Noons and top contender Yves Edwards. An additional lightweight fight between future DREAM title challenger Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey has also been signed to take place. Additional main card bouts also include former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs Tony Bonello, Ron Waterman vs Dave Herman, and Rafael Feijao vs Wayne Cole.

Newly crowned ICON Sport middleweight title holder Kala Kolohe Hose will headline the undercard against an opponent yet to be determined. His original foe, former hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Geoff Bumstead, has been removed from the card due to unknown reasons.

In a change of pace, the preliminary fights will be streamed on ProElite.com following the conclusion of the main card, which will be televised on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

The current fight card for the show is as follows:

Main Card:

K.J. Noons vs. Yves Edwards - EliteXC Lightweight Title
Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
Murilo Rua vs. Tony Bonello
Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole
Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman

Preliminary Fights:

Kala Kolohe vs. TBA
Mark Oshiro vs. Chris Williams
Kaleo Kwan vs. Mike Aina
Lolohea Mahe vs. Chris Bernard
P.J. Dean vs. Dean Lista
Russell Doane vs. Dwayne Haney
Kepa Madeiros vs. Carl Barton


Report: Herman-Waterman Likely for EliteXC in June

Dave Herman has his hand raised after his victory over Mario Rinaldi. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

A heavyweight bout between undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave Herman and longtime veteran Ron Waterman will likely take place at Elite Xtreme Combat’s scheduled June 14th show in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who informed of the potential bout by a source close to Herman.

Herman, who has won his first ten fights to start off his professional career, made his EliteXC debut in February at “Street Certified”, where he stopped American Top Team member Mario Rinaldi with strikes in the third round of their preliminary bout at the show.

Waterman, a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Waterman last submitted Hawaiian Analu Brash at an X-1 event in January.

The event in June is slated to be headlined by an EliteXC lightweight title bout between champion K.J. Noons and Yves Edwards. An additional lightweight fight between Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey has also been signed.

A Pair of “Street Certified” Changes

Seth Petruzelli weighs-in for Shamrock vs Ortiz III: The Final Chapter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It turns out that former Ultimate Fighter contestant Seth Petruzelli will not take on undefeated heavyweight prospect Dave Herman at EliteXC: Street Certified on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida.

According to MMA Junkie, Petruzelli will no longer be part of the bout and has been replaced by American Top Team’s Mario Rinaldi. No word yet as to the reason why Petruzelli was forced out of the bout, injury or otherwise.

The fight will be the EliteXC debut for both fighters at an event which also features a main event between internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice and former UFC brawler Tank Abbott.

Rinaldi, who weighs-in as a super heavyweight at 280 lbs, has racked up a professional record of 6-2 so far in his young mixed martial arts career. Four of those wins have come by way of submission. His last fight was a submission win over Jason Dolloff at an Extreme Fighting International in October.

Herman, who has not suffered the taste of defeat thus far in his career, has finished every one of his opponent via strikes or submission. His last fight was a win over Justin Kahn at a Maximum Combat show in December where he submitted Kahn with a rear naked choke.

An additional bout that has been added to the event features Rafael Feijao and John Doyle clashing in a light heavyweight fight according to ProElite.com.

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