Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matched up "Short Fuse" with Thales Leites less than 24 hours after it promoted Herman's original opponent, Rafael Natal, to UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for Troops 3" main event slot opposite Tim Kennedy, who missed out on the opportunity to fight Lyoto Machida when he was needed to replace the injured Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 30 later this month.
Herman (21-9) is fresh off a split-decision win over Trevor Smith at UFC on Fox 8 last July. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 runner-up is 4-1 (1 NC) since returning from knee surgery back in 2011, his only loss coming to Ronaldo Souza in a "one-off" under the Strikeforce banner.
Leites recently returned to the Octagon after a four-year absence to outpoint Tom Watson on all three judges scorecards to win a unanimous decision at UFC 163 this past August in Brazil. The former No. 1 Middleweight contender has compiled an impressive mixed martial arts (MMA) record (7-1) since he was first released from the organization back in Aug. 2009.
In the co-main event, former Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will attempt to silence Chael Sonnen, while two other intriguing match ups -- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem and Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald -- will help support the promotion's 20th Anniversary pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
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