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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Herman-Olav steals FOTN honors

By Brett Okamoto

VANCOUVER -- A heavyweight fight between Dave Herman and John Olav seemed an odd choice to make the UFC 131 main card at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

It seems the UFC knew what it was doing.

The high-pace bout was named "Fight of night" by UFC brass, earning both fighters a $70,000 bonus. In addition to the check, Herman also grabbed his first UFC win.

After plenty of back-and-forth action on the feet in front of a crowd of 14,685, Herman (21-1) landed a beautiful body kick, knee, left hook combination midway through the second round. He finished the fight shortly after with a flurry against the fence.

It was a good way for each fighter to break into the UFC, as Saturday marked promotional debuts for both. For Olav (6-2), it was his first professional mixed martial arts fight since 2006.

Additionally, Canadian lightweight Sam Stout (17-6-1) earned "Knockout of the night" for his first-round finish of Yves Edwards and middleweight Chris Weidman (6-0) took home "Submission of the night" for a standing guillotine on Jesse Bongfeldt.

It was a big knockout for Stout, who had expressed frustration during the buildup to the fight on his recent inability to finish. UFC president Dana White later called it, “one of the best knockouts ever in UFC history.”