The fight card for UFC Fight Night 19 continues to take shape with the addition of another potential bout -- eight-fight Octagon veteran Ed Herman (15-7) has reportedly agreed to fight UFC sophomore Aaron Simpson (5-0) on September 16.
Simpson recently revealed the middleweight match up via his personal Facebook page.
Herman is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Canadian fighter David Loiseau at UFC 97 in April, which turned out to be a "win or get cut" battle. Prior to that, "Short Fuse" had lost two in a row to Alan Belcher (via split decision) and Demian Maia (via triangle choke).
Since making his debut at the TUF Season 3 Finale — a losing performance that still earned him a six-figure contract with the promotion — Herman has racked up a total of four wins and four losses inside the Octagon.
A one-fight WEC veteran, Simpson made his transition to the UFC when its sister promotion folded its heavier divisions. His UFC debut came at UFC Fight Night 18, where "A-Train" needed just 1:40 of the opening frame to earn a technical knockout victory over Tim McKenzie.
In fact, all five of the two-time All-American wrestler’s wins have ended in a (technical) knockout, with only one fight making it out of the first round.
Taking place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., UFC Fight Night 19 will serve as the lead-in event for the debut of the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on SpikeTV. This season’s format will feature 16 heavyweights, including YouTube-sensation-turned-MMA-fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and four former professional football players.
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