With new deal in hand, Ed Herman will join the UFC Moscow card in November, taking on Russia’s own Gadzhimurad Antigulov.
Short Fuse is heading to Russia. According to reports by Combate and MMA Junkie, the always popular Ed Herman has inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC. And he’ll be heading overseas for UFC Moscow later this year, where he’ll face Gadzhimurad Antigulov deep in enemy territory.
UFC Moscow, numerically UFC Fight Night 163 or UFC on ESPN+ 21, takes place November 9, 2019 at the CSKA Arena in Moscow.
A former middleweight, Herman (24–14 (1)) has had mixed results since returning to the light heavyweight division, but not for lack of effort. He picked up a win at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston when he first re-joined the division in 2016, setting up his victory over Tim Boetsch with a knee. A trio of losses followed, however, but that included a close split decision against Gian Villante at UFC Moncton last year.
Herman than got back in the win column at UFC Rochester this May with a first round finish of Patrick Cummins.
Antigulov (20–6) has had his own struggles of late. 2-2 under the UFC banner, he has dropped his last two fights, to Ion Cutelaba and Michał Oleksiejczuk. Which means he’ll have his back against the wall in Moscow.
The UFC’s return to the Russian capital does not yet have a main event announced. The card currently features the following match-ups:
Light Heavyweight bout: Klidson Abreu vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Light Heavyweight bout: Ed Herman vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Welterweight bout: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. David Zawada
Bantamweight bout: Grigory Popov vs. Davey Grant
Light Heavyweight bout: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula