Ed Herman vs Jacaré Souza
Ed “Short Fuse” Herman takes on Ronaldo “Jacaré ” Souza this Saturday in what will be the last ever fight between 2 Middleweight fighters under the Strikeforce banner. As Strikeforce closes its doors this is perhaps the most relevant fight on the card., with the main event being the only other fight featuring 2 relevant fighters with Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine battling for the Strikeforce Welterweight title; which the winner will never get a chance to defend.
The Revgear sponsored Herman is the only UFC fighter to cross the bridge and fight for Strikeforce, whilst still under contract with the UFC; he will also be the last, as Zuffa will finally be pulling the plug on a promotion that has been slowly fading away since the 2011 purchase.
Herman had to take nearly 2 years off after damaging his knee at UFC 102 against Aaron Simpson, but when he returned he wasted no time, rattling off 3 finishes in 8 months, with this impressive streak Herman took a high profile fight against Jake Shields, originally taking a decision loss, the result was overturned when the post fight drug tests came back, Shields tested positive for a banned substance (The Colorado Athletic Commission does not disclose what for) turning the result to a no contest.
Herman’s 4 fight undefeated streak will be put to a serious test as he takes on the former Strikeforce Champion and 2 time ADCC grappling Champion (and 2 time runner up), who holds black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Jacaré has only lost once in his last 8 fights, when he lost his belt to the current Champion Luke Rockhold.
Herman likes to fight at a high pace with heavy strikes on the feet and ground, grinding wrestling and clinch work, and he will take submissions when they come, a jack of all trades Herman’s main strength would be pounding away from top control, however the ground is definitely somewhere that Jacaré is not afraid of, as he is one of the best ground players in MMA. Standing will be treacherous for both men, as they both can deliver big power, it will be interesting on the feet as Jacaré’s ever improving technical boxing, will come up against Herman’s high pressure standup game that favours dirty boxing in the tie ups.
I expect to see this fight take place on the feet until someone decides they are getting the worst of it, from there the grappling and ground fighting will begin, Herman needs to be on the top delivering ground and pound, whilst avoiding submissions, whereas Jacaré will hunt for submissions off his back or if he ends up on top.