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UFC heavyweight Dave "Pee Wee" Herman has long been known as one of MMA's biggest underachievers. He made no secret of the fact that he didn't bother with training for the first three years of his MMA career. He got himself into a legal mess with Bellator that held up his career for two full years and he failed a drug test for marijuana that cancelled his UFC bout with Mike Russow. Despite all this, he managed to go 21-2 in his first 23 fights -- and one of those losses was a DQ for throwing illegal knees.
But against Stefan Struve on UFC on Fuel TV in Omaha, NE last night Herman found out there is a limit to how far he can get on physical abilities and confidence alone. He dominated Struve in the early parts of the fight, using his speed and athleticism to get off first and outstrike the gangly Dutchman.
But when Herman let the fight degenerate into a brawl in the second round he found that he had met his match. Struve was able to survive Herman's early blitz and when the donnybrook started, Struve outstruck Herman and put him on the ground where he got the finish.
It's time for Dave Herman to get serious about MMA. He might want to consider cutting weight and moving down to light heavyweight. As a 230lb heavyweight Herman is giving up a lot of size and he's no bigger than many of the LHW division's top fighters. It's an amazing feat to make it to the mid-tier of the UFC heavyweight division while coasting on sheer ability and balls, but if Herman wants to make something real out of his career, he's going to have to bear down and start working hard.