Dave “Pee Wee” Herman signs with the UFC (updated)

Dave Herman in proper "Pee Wee" attire. It's actually his signature T-Shirt. Photo by Denny Hodge for ProMMAnow.com

Following a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro “Kiss” Nakao at Sengoku’s “Soul of Fight” event in December, it is now being reported that heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman has signed with the UFC.

Herman carries a 20-2 record into the promotion, with notable wins over Ron Waterman, Kerry Schall, Don Frye and Jim York.

And although the majority of his wins have come in the way of knockout, he also has been known to pull of an occasional submission, such as his first round omoplata of Michal Kita at Bellator 31 last September.

Herman’s manager, Shu Hirata, commented on his fighter’s departure from Sengoku and the sad state of affairs that is Japanese MMA right now:

“That article in Kamipro magazine came out, then the another article in Gong that triggered SRC to cancel their April show, so the timing was actually perfect for Dave to be released and move on with the another promotion. None of these rumors were pointing towards the bright future of the Japanese MMA. On top of this, its not like the SRC has the well-established heavyweight division (with Japanese stars) therefore, we have decided to communicate with the WVR / SRC about releasing Dave so he can sign the lucrative deals in the North America.”

MMAFighting.com has been able to confirm with sources close to the fighter that Herman has indeed signed with the UFC but no date or opponent has been set for his debut.

Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) for more on Dave “Pee Wee” Herman’s signing with the UFC. It has been a long time coming and he should make a great addition to their heavyweight roster.

UPDATE: Reports are coming in that Herman will face Rob Broughton (15-5-1) at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.