"I'm very excited to fight against Brock Lesnar. I want to fight for the title but (Cain) Velasquez got hurt and he can't fight now so I came to coach here on TUF. I'm happy for this and the fight against Brock Lesnar is going to prove I'm the number one contender for the title shot. I will try my best and use my boxing (skills). I'm looking for one more knockout."
Rising heavyweight talent Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (20-2) has verbally agreed to face Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (12-5) at UFC 131 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on June 11.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout according to UFC.com.
Herman enters the Octagon for the first time with only one real blemish on his record, a Jan. 2009 TKO loss to Mu Bae Choi in Sengoku. It was that loss, in fact, which Herman cites as the reason he began to seek out a gym and really start training.
As the story goes, Herman had done most of his training in his “living room” up until that point.
Now part of Team Quest in Temecula, Calif., Herman has aligned himself with training partners such as MMA veteran Dan Henderson and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (the only other fighter who holds a win over Herman, albeit a DQ).
Having lost his last two fights, Beltran has his back against the proverbial ropes. Beltran entered the UFC in 2010 and won his first two fights, a TKO over Rolles Gracie at UFC 109 and then a unanimous decision over Tim Hague at UFC 113.
However, consecutive unanimous decision losses to Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione have him in a do or die situation.
UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos
Saturday, June 11
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
#1 Contender for UFC Heavyweight Title- Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos
Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Anthony Perosh vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Donald Cerrone vs. Mac Danzig
Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Court McGee
Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Joey Beltran vs. Dave Herman