Dave Herman to make UFC debut against Joey Beltran at UFC 131

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.

ProMMAnow.com interviewed Herman last month when it was announced he had signed with the UFC. He was originally expected to fight Rob Broughton in his debut, but no reason for the change in opponents was given.

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.

Other bouts expected to take place at UFC 131 include Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo and Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos in the main event.

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