Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (23-12, 1 NC) was set to face fellow light heavyweight Gadzhimurad Antigulov (19-4) at UFC 209 next month, but that fight is not going to happen now. Herman announced Monday via Twitter that for the first time he has had to withdraw from a fight due to injury:
“If u haven’t heard Sad 2 say I’m out of my fight at #ufc209 with an injury 1st time I have ever pulled out of @ufc fight all B back soon 100%”
UFC 209 will be held March 4 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature a Welterweight Championship rematch as Tyron Woodley defends his belt against Stephen Thompson. And Khabib Nurmagomedov meets Tony Ferguson for the interim Featherweight Championship in the co-main event.
Herman had been competing in the UFC as a middleweight since 2006 when he made it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter season 3. “Short Fuse” went 9-8, 1 NC in the 185-pound division before making the move to light heavyweight last year. In his 205-pound octagon debut Herman stopped Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch via TKO in January 2016 and was awarded “Performance of the Night”. The 36-year-old BJJ black belt last fought in July of last year when he was stopped by Nikita Krylov via head kick at UFC 201.
Antigulov is currently without an opponent for UFC 209. The 30-year-old Russian made his octagon debut with a 67-second submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Fight Night 100 in November. Antigulov was competing in the Absolute Championship Berkut promotion prior to that and is currently riding a 13-fight winning streak.
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