Ed "Short Fuse" Herman has been fighting for 17 years, and he's never seen anything like 2020; none of us have. Over and again this year he has prepared for fights, only the see it fall through. Now he fights Mike Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN+ 35 on Saturday at light heavyweight. But then again he was supposed to fight Gerald Meerschaert on August 1, only to see it fall apart the day before when his opponent tested positive for COVID-19.
“2020’s been pretty f***ed, man,” said Herman. “I’ve had three full fight camps, and I haven’t fought yet. I fight Saturday, great, that’s one fight. But I had three full fight camps with not making any money and not getting to fight. I’m in the best shape of my life almost, I feel like, so that’s cool. But at the same time, nobody likes working half a year and not getting paid. So it’s been a little rough financially in that sense.
“And then again with all the rioting, and just all the chaos between people, politics splitting families apart. Me and my brother don’t even talk because we have different ideas of what the hell’s going on. It’s been pretty f***ed man, honestly.”
Herman has developed a mindset to deal with all the canceled fights this year.
“Not giving a f***,” explained Herman. “It is what it is, new opponent, this, that. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, so all kinds of s***’s happened over the years, so I’m just like, where I’m at in my career could be my last.
“You never know with injuries and things going down with all this COVID stuff, fires burning, and tornadoes and hurricanes, who the hell knows what’s gonna happen? All I know is Saturday night, I’m gonna go in there and get the job done, and that’s all I can do."
Herman turns 40 in October, and is about to have his 23rd fight in the Octagon. What's the secret to his longevity?
“I’m one of the real BMFs, for one,” replied Herman. “Two, this is just what I do. When I was younger I didn’t take care of myself as good as I should have, so these days being a little older and a more mature, I take care of my body better, I eat better, I work on my recovery more, I don’t party like I did when I was a kid. Just all those little things add up.
“My family and my friends and my team are of my most importance to me, and you push the rest out. Trust the people who are around you, who you know are gonna have your back.”