Original article: MMAjunkie.com
It’s “The Mexicutioner” against “Pee Wee.”
UFC executives today announced that Joey Beltran (12-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Dave Herman (20-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 131. While not yet officially announced by the promotion, UFC 131 is expected to take place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Herman was originally expected to face British slugger Rob Broughton. No reason was given for the change in plans.
Beltran enters the matchup in desperate need of a victory after suffering back-to-back decision losses to Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione. The rough patch comes on the heels of a three-fight win streak that includes octagon wins over Tim Hague and Rolles Gracie, as well as a regional-show victory over Houston Alexander.
Herman most recently appeared overseas this past December at World Victory Road’s “Soul of Fight” and bested Yoshihiro Nakao via decision. That win built on a submission victory over Michal Kita at Bellator 31 this past September.
Herman made his big-show debut in 2008 during a three-fight stint for the now-defunct ProElite organization. After the company’s collapse in late 2008, he signed with Bellator and then made his first trip overseas with a win at “Sengoku: No Ran 2009.” But after a sole win in the tournament-based Bellator promotion, he fought outside the organization on three occasions including another fight in Sengoku.
Ten of Beltran’s 12 wins have come by way of knockout, while Herman has ended 14 of his 20 career victories via strikes.
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