Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chance and Circumstance: About Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman at UFC 131

Dave Herman (left) and Jon Olav Einemo (right) hit the Octagon at UFC 131.

“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come." -Abraham Lincoln

It is rare that we see two UFC newcomers make the main card at a UFC pay-per-view event. Unless it's a Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson or a Brock Lesnar, fighters with whom we are very familiar with prior to their UFC debuts, making the top of the ticket is a chance event.

Fighters Jon Olav Einemo and Dave Herman will take to the UFC Octagon for the first time. Neither has set foot in a Zuffa arena (UFC or Strikeforce), but circumstances have paired the two at this Saturday's UFC 131 event.

When a second round of diverticulosis took Brock Lesnar out of his UFC Heavyweight Title meeting with Junior dos Santos, Shane Carwin was bumped up to the heeadliner. Carwin was originally set to tap gloves with Jon Olav Einemo, leaving a open slot on the bout sheet. Meanwhile, Dave Herman was supposed to take on Joey Beltran who will now fight Strikeforce vet Aaron Rosa on the undercard, leaving Einemo vs. Herman to fill the uppercard slot.

Confused? It's okay, I didn't score in the 70th percentile on my SATs either.

As for Einemo vs. Herman, this bout offers two otherwise preliminary card fighters the opportunity to really make a showing in front of MMA's core audience.

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Dave Herman is no stranger to the pro circuit. The Team Quest representative is currently 20-2. He's a veteran of now-defunct promotions Sengoku and Elite XC. Herman also competed once for Bellator in the promotion's first season. He went undefeated in his first fifteen outings, and carries fourteen wins by form of knockout and five submissions. It's been a long time coming for Dave Herman, who endured a heated legal battle with Bellator in an effort to fight on a more regular basis. Well, Herman may have earned the chance to fight in the world's biggest organization.

Jon Olav Einemo's MMA record is a lot more shallow than his opponent's. At 6-1, Einemo's only loss came to Fabricio Werdum in 2006. In fact, Einemo hasn't competed in mixed martial arts since 2006.

Representing Golden Glory, the Norwegian fighter is perhaps most well known on the BJJ and grappling circuits. Jon Einemo owns the distinct accomplishment of being the only person to defeat Roger Gracie. He beat Gracie at the 2003 ADCC tournament. Gracie later returned the favor, beating Einemo in a 2007 ADDC superfight. With over four years away from the cage will Einemo have ring rust going into his UFC 131 bout against Dave Herman? Or will he step up to the opportunity to compete among some of the world's best MMA heavyweights?

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UFC 131 will air via PPV on June 11, 2011 at 9 pm ET. Prelimary bouts will air on Facebook. Two preliminary bouts, Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards and Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weid, will air on Spike TV 8 pm ET.

1 comment:

  1. The most exciting fight of the night to me was Einemo vs. Herman. I almost missed it because of working late but got it on my iPad with DISH’s TV Everywhere. I was so glad I work there and knew enough about their technology to get their Sling Adapter. Right now they’re even offering it free to new customers; you can check it out at http://goo.gl/Qsggz to see how. I’m glad I didn’t miss this fight. Einemo did a great job even though he didn’t win.