UFC on ESPN+ 10: Ed Herman says TKO win may have staved off retirement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Ed Herman beat Patrick Cummins with a first-round TKO Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Herman, who landed a big right knee to Cummins’ head, sent him wobbling, then put him away with punches on the canvas.

Result: Ed Herman def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 1, 3:39
Updated records: Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC), Cummins (10-7 MMA, 6-7 UFC)
Key stat: Herman snapped the first three-fight skid of his career; Cummins has lost three straight for the first time.

On the fight’s key moment

“I kind of envisioned that – catching him with a knee and him wobbling. It was kind of surreal. I hit him, I felt it connect, and I brought my eyes up and it was great to see. I knew I could finish him at that point.”

On the possibility he was going to retire

“I’ve never lost three in a row. I didn’t want to make it four. That would’ve been possibly the end of my career. It was nice to get the ‘W.’ It’s really hard to say – sometimes you think that, but as a competitor, it’d be hard to hang it up.”

On what he wants next

“I’ll get back home and talk with my team and my family. I’d like to get back in there again maybe toward the end of summer – see how I’m feeling. I’d like to get back in there before the year’s end. Getting two in in one year would be nice – it’s been a while since I was able to do that.”

To hear more from Herman, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Davi Ramos wants to see if Khabib Nurmagomedov can handle his jiu-jitsu

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Davi Ramos beat Austin Hubbard with a unanimous decision Saturday night to open the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Ramos, who won for the fourth straight time. After three straight rear-naked choke wins, he won Saturday with a trio of 30-27 scores from the judges.

Result: Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Updated records: Ramos (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Hubbard (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Ramos went to the judges for the first time in a four-fight streak after three straight submission wins

Ramos on the fight’s key moment

“I had some good kicks, some good takedowns, I gave him some good punches – he has a very hard chin, so I couldn’t knock him out.”

Ramos on being unhappy with his performance

“I’m really disappointed in my performance. The fight is the fight – you can’t say much about that. You’re not doing the same thing at the gym that you’re doing in the cage. … But I can do much more than I showed in there. I want to finish the fight.”

Ramos on what he wants next

“I don’t care about any guy. I’m a lightweight UFC fighter. Anyone the UFC puts against me, I have to fight. I’ve never chosen an opponent in my career. … One day, if it’s possible to fight against (lightweight champion) Khabib (Nurmagomedov), yeah, for sure. I really respect him – he’s a real warrior. But I want to test his wrestling against my jiu-jitsu.”

To hear more from Ramos, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Charles Oliveira pushing for top after first knockout since 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Charles Oliveira beat Nik Lentz with a second-round TKO Saturday night on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Oliveira, who caught a Lentz kick in the middle frame, then landed a right hand down the middle before finishing on the ground. The bout was the duo’s third together. The first, in 2011, ended in an eventual no contest due to an illegal knee from Oliveira. The second, in 2015, was a submission win for Oliveira.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:11
Updated records: Oliveira (27-8 MMA, 15-8 UFC), Lentz (30-10-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC)
Key stat: Oliveira, the UFC’s submission record-holder, got his first knockout or TKO win since 2010 and his first in the UFC

Oliveira on the fight’s key moment

“The first fight, I underestimated him and made some mistakes. Later on, I always knew I could beat him.”

Oliveira on his first knockout since 2010

“It’s a buildup – an evolution. (When I lost to Paul Felder), I came back stronger and ready for the fight. My goal is only to be champion, whether it’s a knockout or choking a guy.”

Oliveira on what he wants next

“My goal is just to get to the top-10. It doesn’t matter who I fight against. I just want to be a warrior. I want to fight in Uruguay – I’ll be ready.”

To hear more from Oliveira, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN+ 10 winners want next – and how likely they’ll get them

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.

So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event in Rochester, N.Y., who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.

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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.

Ed Herman

Wants to fight: EA Sports

EA Sports UFC 3

The callout: “Hey, can I get on the damn video game? I’ve been in the UFC for 13 years. I’m not on one video game. Come on, now. That’s all I want, so my son can play me on the damn game. Come on, baby.”

The reality: After a wild win over Patrick Cummins on the prelims of UFC on ESPN+ 10, Ed Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) made it clear he wants to be in the official UFC video game, even adding the caveat that it’s not just for him to fill some ego need, but because he wants his son to be able to use his dad as a character in the game.

Granted, “Short Fuse” might not be the most in-demand character in the game, but as he said, the man has been on the roster since “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” way back in 2006 – the same season that Michael Bisping won to launch his now-UFC Hall of Fame career. Surely that type of longevity is enough to get this man rendered in digital form? Maybe just a slight tweak of the C.B. Dollaway model or something? Just saying.

Grant Dawson

Wants to fight: Shane Young

Shane Young

The callout: “Shane Young – that fight still intrigues me. He’s super exciting. I’m super exciting. I think that’s bonus money written all over it. I’m down for that fight.”

The reality: Two fights into his UFC career, Grant Dawson (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has two UFC wins under his belt and is looking like quite the featherweight prospect, notching a “Performance of the Night” bonus while becoming the first man to defeat Mike Trizano.

After his debut back in March, Dawson asked for a fight with New Zealand’s Young, (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who has also shown a penchant for exciting fights, including one “Fight of the Night” bonus already to his name. On Saturday night, Dawson relayed that sentiment once again.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a respectful callout, especially when it’s one that appears motivated by an opportunity to put on the type of fight that fans enjoy most? That seems to be Dawson’s driving interest. He went on to mention he’d like a quick turnaround, fighting perhaps as soon as August. But maybe a trip to Australia in October could be in the cards, which certainly would have to tempt Young into action, especially if the UFC does end up going for a stadium show to host the Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya unification fight.

If that date makes sense for both guys, I say pull the trigger on matching up these two young guns.

Desmond Green

Wants to fight: “Someone who will get me closer to that title”

The callout: “I’m not going to call out any names. I just want someone who will get me closer to that title. Whoever is ranked higher than me, so I can climb that ladder.”

The reality:

Next up, let’s check out the main card.

UFC on ESPN+ 10 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Rochester

Fighters from around the globe dream of the day they’ll step into the UFC octagon for the first time. For five athletes, Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event marked that special moment in their career.

Check out this week’s rookie report to see what kind of first impression those fighters made on the sport’s biggest stage from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

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Michel Pereira

Michel Pereira and Danny Roberts

Division: Welterweight
Result: Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) – Round 1, 1:47
Record: (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Grade: A+

Talk about a first impression.

Michel Pereira made an impact before he ever set foot in the cage, fighting back tears in one of the more emotional walks you’ll ever witness. Moments later, Pereira was showing off a few breakdancing moves while he as introduced by Joe Martinez. Of course, there was still the small matter of a fight.

Pereira impressed there, as well.

In less than two minutes of cage time, Pereira showed off the flash that has become his hallmark. Rolling thunder? Check. Bit of capoeira dancing? Check. Jumping off the cage? Did that twice, bro.

But it wasn’t just the flash that impressed, it was the substance of the finish that ultimately ended up winning Pereira a “Performance of the Night” bonus. A leaping knee landed clean, and then Pereira fired a devastating straight right to finish off his wounded prey. It was jaw-dropping, even without anything that had happened up that moment. It was, in a word, spectacular. Pay attention when this man steps in the cage.

UFC on ESPN+ 10: Michel Pereira shut the doubters’ mouths with flashy knockout

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Michel Pereira beat Danny Roberts with a highlight-reel knockout Saturday night on the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Pereira, who landed a flying knee in the first round, then a perfect straight right for the KO.

Result: Michel Pereira def. Danny Roberts via knockout (flying knee, punch) – Round 1, 1:47
Updated records: Pereira (23-9 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Roberts (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC)
Key stat: Pereira was fighting in the United States for the first time.

On the fight’s key moment

“For a long time, I’ve had those moves and I’ve been mocked for it. Today I shut people’s mouths.”

On a big performance in his UFC debut

“I’m very happy. I trained a lot to be here and I went through many struggles. Right now, I’m very, very happy and glad I won.”

On what he wants next

“I don’t choose opponents. I only like to fight the best. I’m getting ready to fight with them. I’m training a lot and putting a lot of work into my game. It’s been my biggest dream since childhood (to be in the UFC).”

To hear more from Pereira, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

5 biggest takeaways from UFC Rochester – from RDA’s needed win to Pereira’s dazzling debut

What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 10? Here’s a thing or five…

1. RDA gets a win when he needs it most

You know what’s a baller move? Starting a round with a flying knee when it’s getting late in the fight and you know your opponent is feeling it. This turns out to be a great way to show him that you’re not tired, that you’re not going to be tired any time soon, that in fact you’ve got energy to spare, and you’re fine with wasting some of it just to prove this point.

For Rafael dos Anjos, cardio and mental toughness might have been his greatest assets. He knew he could go five hard rounds, and he also knew that Kevin Lee couldn’t stay with him at that pace. This is how RDA managed to wear Lee down before cinching the choke for the finish. The result was a win that dos Anjos desperately needed after a two-fight skid.

Clearly, the former lightweight champ still has a lot to give. Unfortunately for him, he’s already lost to both the current champ and the most recent interim one in his new weight class. That’s a bit of a road block, but maybe not the most pressing concern at the moment. The important thing here was reminding us that he still knows how to win. And a smart, savvy veteran performance like that accomplishes that goal nicely.