Dave “Pee Wee” Herman talks about his disqualification against Sokoudjou and more

Dave “Pee Wee” Herman, in classic Pee Wee Herman attire, talks about his recent disqualification against Sokoudjou in Abu Dhabi, his beef with Bellator, his new found love of grappling, and more.

Possible return to action for rising heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman on February 20 in Nashville, Tenn. (updated)

Photo by Daniel Herbertson - Dave Herman's heel smash KO of Jim York at Sengoku 11 was nominated for the 2009 Bazzie Awards "KO of the Year."

ProMMA.info has learned from sources close to the situation that rising MMA heavyweight star Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (16-1) may headline a Feb. 20 fight card in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville-based promotion Gameness Fighting Championship (GFC) will be returning to the Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds the third Saturday in February, and if goes as rumored, it could be their most heavily stacked card to date.

Herman is coming off a first round knockout of Jim York at Sengoku 11 back in November. His “heel smash” knockout of York was a “knockout of the year” nominee on Inside MMA’s 2009 “Bazzie Awards.”

Originally from Indiana, and armed with little more than a wrestling background and some heavy hands, Herman, who made his pro debut in Dec. 2006, finished his first 13 fights in the first round, stopping every single opponent.

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Inside Sengoku – behind the scenes with Dave “Pee Wee” Herman

In case you’ve been in a cave, or in the shadow of Roy Nelson’s belly, Dave “Pee Wee” Herman knocked out his 13th victim (out of 17 fights) last week at Sengoku 11. Dave took on “Big” Jim York. For some reason during the fight, while both fighters were on the mat, “Big” Jim thought he would try and play with Dave’s feet. Dave was not into the “footsie” action and used his other foot to smash “Big” Jim in the jaw. “Big” Jim went night night. Lesson here: Don’t play with “Pee Wee’s” feet unless he gives you permission.

In the above video we get to see Dave with coach Ed Clay on fight day in Japan. We get to see a bit of Dave’s power as he does some warm ups with the pads. Herman’s only really been training since Feb. 2009; just imagine when this guy starts to really get comfortable with his technique.

Here is another video, after the jump, that shows Dave training. This one is also in Japan, but a couple days before his Sengoku fight. Pay special attention starting about the 5:20 mark – of course, you will have trouble NOT paying attention once you hear Dave’s kicks start landing. This dude has some serious power – and a bright future.

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Sengoku spotlight: Dave “Pee Wee” Herman – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

Dave "Pee Wee" Herman takes on "Big" Jim York at Sengoku 11.
Dave "Pee Wee" Herman takes on "Big" Jim York at Sengoku 11.

Sengoku: Eleventh Battle takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan, in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 7 and will air live on HDNet beginning at 2 a.m. ET early Saturday morning. Among those fighting on the card is heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (15-1) taking on “Big” Jim York (11-3).

It will be Dave’s second fight in Japan and his second fight inside the Sengoku ring. Things did not go so well for Dave in his last Sengoku appearance when he fought Mu Bae Choi (9-4). In fact, the fight against Choi is the lone loss on Dave’s MMA record.

However, it was also the fight that caused him to really get serious about his professional career. It was the fight that caused him to seek out professional training and finally brought him to Nashville MMA in Tennessee under the tutelage of Ed Clay.

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