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After being out for 21 months, Ed Herman didn't want to waste any more time.
In his pre-fight interview before his cage entrance, the Fort Collins fighter stated this was going to be "the most ferocious Ed Herman you've ever seen."
Boy, did he deliver!
Read how "Short Fuse" exploded after the jump.
From the onset, this was a determined Ed Herman.
The TUF season three finalist sat on his punches early and connected with a pair of lead left hooks that snapped Credeur's head back.
"Crazy" Tim got a little lazy moving forwards and allowed Herman to wrap his left hand around the back of his head in the Muay Thai position called the 'single collar tie.' From there, Herman pulled Credeur's head forwards directly into a pair of brutal uppercuts to the face. The second uppercut connected square on the chin and dropped the bayou brawler.
With his opponent on the ropes, Herman unleashed a beautiful combination of four straight punches to force referee Herb Dean to intervene
For Tim Credeur, things don't look good. He detailed his struggles in our interview this week. It has to hurt to wait 20 months and get knocked out in less than a minute. His odds of earning another fight in the Octagon are slim. Thankfully, he's got a great gym in Louisiana to fall back on if he's done with the UFC.
If he does get another fight, it would be great if he'd go back to utilizing his strengths. He has a tremendous ground game but he's completely ignoring it by getting into stand-up wars in his last two fights.
For Ed Herman, congratulations are in order. Two knee surgeries are nothing to scoff at. Almost every fighter who has returned from injuries like that return as a shadow of their former selves, but Herman looked better than ever.
He's obviously been working on his striking since he wasn't able to grapple on the ground for a while and that completely played into Credeur's sloppy brawling style.
It would be nice to see where he's at by giving him a solid mid-level middleweight like the winner of the upcoming Nick Ring vs. James Head fight. If he's looking for a more high profile match-up, the Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara winner would also have potential.
So what do you think Maniacs?
How did Ed Herman look last night? Is "Short Fuse" ready to make a run?