Dave Herman is set to return to the UFC heavyweight division, having successfully completed the UFC’s requirements of him including 30 days of rehab and a passed drug test.
Entering the UFC in June 2011 with a 20-2 record, Dave Herman looked forward to a promising career ahead of him. After his first victory over John Olav Einemo, however, Herman lost three straight fights to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, respectively. The loss to Nogueira was also Herman’s second failed drug test for marijuana, prompting the UFC to suspend him pending completion of rehab and successfully passing a drug test.
Herman’s manager, Shu Hirata explained to MMAjunkie.com that, on Monday, “He passed everything, so he just wants to get back to his normal life of fighting… He understands the opportunity he has now. He realizes it’s stupid to blow this opportunity. There are so many heavyweight fighters in the world who would love to be in the UFC, and he’s one of the lucky ones. He might as well do everything he can right now, and he [can] have fun when he’s 40, 50 years old. His mind is straight-set right now.”
What is next for Dave Herman (21-5) remains to be seen. His manager said that UFC VP, Marc Ratner, and UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, both approve Herman’s return to action. Said Hirata, “They’re looking for fights now.”
Herman has not issued a statement personally, and he declined to interview with MMAjunkie.com, but his manager stated that the fighter is preparing for what could be his last shot at keeping a job in the UFC.
“He’s got to go out and win and not test positive for marijuana to stay in the UFC,” said Hirata.
Having a rather unsuccessful run in the UFC, perhaps the time off and the new direction for Dave Herman can bolster a string of victories for the heavyweight fighter.