This one always looked like the Griffin-Bonnar sequel in that it arrived a year later, didn’t get as much attention, but was still pretty good even though the main characters had changed.
Both men scored back-to-back wins in their first two fights to advance to the middleweight final against each other, and the action and excitement intensified as the fight progressed. was progressing.
In the first, Herman took Grove to the canvas, but got stuck in an armband and was forced to defend himself. These were ground attempts versus submission attempts as they fought on the web, Herman seeking to avoid damage and the gangly Grove throwing submission attempts whenever opportunities presented themselves.
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They were back on the canvas by the start of the second and the pattern persisted, Grove attacking with triangular chokes, being bleed by defender Herman in the process as he broke free. Late in the lap, with Grove settling in first, Herman locked his own choke triangle, reversing momentum, only for Grove to break free and look to land to close the lap.
Grove came out looking to strike and the exhausted Herman managed to get an out, shifting to lateral control as the long-limbed Hawaiian tried to find an opening in his back. Halfway through the final stanza, Herman again dumped Grove on the canvas and grabbed his back, flattening Grove and landing punches before moving on to an armband attempt.
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But Grove escaped, walked by, and took Herman’s back in return, putting his arm under Herman’s neck. As the last seconds passed, Herman’s face continued to turn a deep red before the last horn interrupted the fight.
Much like with Griffin and Bonnar, UFC president Dana White was not going to allow Herman to walk away empty-handed after a fight like this, also awarding a contract to the representative of Team Quest.
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