Ed Herman and Wilson Gouveia have agreed to face off in a middleweight bout at UFC 102 on Aug. 29 in Portland, Ore., according to sources close to the negotiations.
If signed, Herman will replace James Irvin, who withdrew from the bout due to recurring knee injury sustained in training, as first reported by Sports 1140 KHTK host Carmichael Dave.
Irvin’s manager, Mike Roberts, confirmed the injury to Sherdog.com on Wednesday. Roberts said the 30-year-old fighter will undergo a second surgery for his right knee that could shelve Irvin anywhere from six to nine months, according to early estimates.
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