Herman expands on ‘jiu-jitsu doesn’t work’ comment
Herman and Einemo spent just 89 seconds of their fight on the ground, but Herman did have to escape from underneath Einemo once, and did so quickly. Afterward, Herman reiterated his belief about BJJ.
“I honestly really don’t think it does [work],” he said. “If you have any knowledge at all of jiu-jitsu, it’s just not going to work. If you literally have never heard of anything and have no idea what they’re doing, OK, kind of like the first UFC, yeah jiu-jitsu works. It’s kind of like trickery, basically. If you have any idea about any of the tricks, it’s just not going to work, unless you’re a complete idiot and fall for it.”
When asked how it could work against, say Fedor Emelianenko during his June 2010 match against Fabricio Werdum, Herman said it was possible Emelianenko had gotten too cocky, but that “if they fought again, it wouldn’t happen.”
“Maybe I should re-phrase it and just say, jiu-jitsu doesn’t work on me,” he said.
Herman said that in preparing for a fight, he trains grappling but rarely jiu-jitsu.
“As a wrestler I’m going to have to stick with wrestling as the best [foundation], but I really think jiu-jitsu isn’t that great, and even from a spectator standpoint, it’s not that fun to watch,” he said. “Striking is obviously the most entertaining.”