UFC heavyweight newcomers Dave Herman and Jon Olav Einemo put on a show at UFC 131 with a bruising two round encounter in front of an enthusiastic Vancouver crowd.
Herman is far more comfortable in the stand-up game in round one than Einemo, looking light on his feet and showing good kicks and some nice knees from the muay thai clinch, while the Norwegian is looking for just one big punch.
Herman also shows good wrestling to fend off the BJJ specialists attempts to take the fight to the floor, but eventualy Einemo does succeed. There’s some worrying moments for Herman as Einemo easily passes his guard into side control, but then Herman uses the cage well to get back to his feet.
After his good work in round one Herman starts to come off second best in the early stages of the second round as Einemo presses forward and starts to find a home for his big punches. In one hard exchange Herman appears to be hurt and loses his mouthpiece, but manages to escape.
Einemo tries to continue to seize the moment and catches Herman with a big knee to the face. Herman’s in real danger at this moment, but suddenly he turns the fight around, landing a knee of his own and then a left hook that drops Einemo to the mat.
Herman unloads some ground and pound and then peels away, still wary of Einemo’s BJJ skills. Back on the feet both men look exhausted but continue to push forward regardless. Einemo lands a couple of strikes, but Herman is looking for the clinch again against the fence and once again uses it to unload knees and then drops his opponent again with a punch.
Herman rains down another barrage of strikes and with Einemo now slumped against the cage and unable to defend himself the referee brings an end to the fight.
This was a very entertaining scrap, and though he found himself in deep water at times Herman did well to retain his composure and turn things around for an impressive UFC debut win.
knee and then a left hook.
left hand drops him and then ground and pound to finish.