Ed Herman's newest opponent is a product of Michael Bisping's injury, which caused changes to three different fights. The first switch was obviously Lyoto Machida stepping in for Bisping to fight Mark Munoz on October 26th, which left Tim Kennedy (Machida's original opponent) needing a replacement opponent for his November 6th main event spot. Natal agreed to face Kennedy on UFC: Fight For The Troops 3, leaving Herman waiting for another fight to come along. As of last night, he will face Thales Leites on the preliminary card of UFC 167:
Leites (21-4) made his return to the UFC earlier this year at UFC 163, winning a unanimous decision over Tom Watson. The submission specialist once fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title in 2009, but the fight itself was horrendous to watch. That loss combined with the controversial decision loss to Alessio Sakara sent him out of the UFC, but he's racked up enough wins to get back in MMA's premier organization.
Herman (21-9, 1 NC) picked up a FOTN bonus and a unanimous decision win over Trevor Smith at UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle. "Short Fuse" was previously loaned to Strikeforce to face Ronaldo Souza on the main card of the promotion's final show in January. Unsurprisingly, Jacare submitted Herman in the 1st round via kimura. The 33-year-old is technically unbeaten in his last 5 UFC bouts, but the loss to Jake Shields was ruled a no-contest after Shields failed his drug test.
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