Demian Maia photo: MMAPredictions.com
Ed Herman (14-5) and Demian Maia (6-0) are set to meet at UFC 83 on April 19 in a middleweight tilt at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, according to GracieMag.com.
Here's a snip from Maia:
"I got back to Sao Paulo today; I was vacationing in California with my wife, where I also shot some Jiu-Jitsu dvds. I'll be back at the UFC on March 8th to fight Ed Herman, who I don't know, but my manager brought me a tape with some of his fights to analyze, but I haven't had time to watch yet."
Maia is a ridiculous Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. In fact, he is the current Abu Dahbi Combat Club (ADCC) U87Kg Champion. During his Octagon debut at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" in October 2007, Maia put on a grappling clinic against Ryan Jensen, submitting him via rear naked choke in round one.
Herman is on a three-fight win streak after recovering from back-to-back losses to start his UFC tenure. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 185-pound finalist most recently avenged a loss from earlier in his career against Joe Doerksen at UFC 78: "Validation" in November 2007, knocking out "El Dirte" in he final stanza.
"Short Fuse" has five losses on his record and four of them come by way of submission. He'll have to be real careful against a super talented jiu-jitsu threat like Maia if he wants to make it four wins in a row.
For the complete UFC 83 fight card click here.