will square off in a middleweight confrontation at
UFC on Fox 8
, promotion officials revealed Friday.
The 185-pound matchup joins a host of previously announced contests
on the July 27 bill, which is headlined by a flyweight title
showdown between Demetrious
Johnson and John Moraga.
UFC on Fox 8 takes place at Seattle’s Key Arena and will also see
MacDonald face Jake
Ellenberger in a pivotal welterweight scrap.
Though a longtime UFC talent, Herman last competed in the
Strikeforce cage, submitting to a first-round kimura from Ronaldo
Souza on Jan. 12. “Short Fuse” competed twice last year,
extending his winning streak to three fights with a win over
Starks only to drop a unanimous decision to Jake Shields
at UFC 150. That defeat later became a no-contest, however, when
Shields tested positive for a banned substance following the
Like Herman, Smith was also last seen at Strikeforce’s final event,
tapping to a Tim Kennedy
guillotine choke. The setback signaled the second loss for “Hot
Sauce” in his last three fights, though prior to the defeat he had
posted five straight wins. The Washingtonian owns nine of his 10
career triumphs via submission and has yet to go the distance in
four years as a pro.
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