Ed Herman is making up for lost time.
Tom Lawlor has reportedly suffered a "Filthy" injury in training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming middleweight mash-up against fellow 185-pound TUF guy Kyle Noke at the UFC on Versus 5 event scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Daily Telegraph brought word that Herman would replace him earlier today.
"Short Fuse" (22-9) spent nearly two years on the injured reserves after blowing out his knee against Aaron Simpson at UFC 102 back in August 2009. The time off appears to have done him some good, as he came storming back to unplug Tim Credeur at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale just last month.
Can he string together consecutive wins for the first time in almost four years?
On top of being a popular Aussie, Noke (19-4-1), at one time, served as a bodyguard for the late Steve Irwin.
He honored "The Crocodile Hunter" at UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch" back on Feb. 27 with a first round rear-naked choke submission victory over Chris Camozzi. That win pushed his consecutive streak to five, including a spotless 3-0 mark inside the famed Octagon.
Is he the next big thing at middleweight? Or cannon fodder for the shortest of fuses?
UFC on Versus 5 will feature a bevy of marquee match ups, including Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle in the main event of the evening, as well as Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson and Stephan Bonnar vs. Karlos Vemola.
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