Herman Smashes Schall in ShoXC

By Brian Knapp Oct 11, 2008
Kerry Schall was no match for Dave Herman.

The undefeated Herman continued his rapid ascent up the EliteXC heavyweight ladder, as he needed just 66 seconds to put away the UFC veteran on the ShoXC “Elite Challenger Series” on Friday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

The victory -- Herman’s 11th in the first round -- moved the 24-year-old Indiana native to 12-0. His stock remains on the rise inside a promotion where elite heavyweights are few and far between.

“I don’t really care [who I fight next],” Herman said. “As soon as possible would be nice. The opponent doesn’t really matter.”

At age 37, Schall (21-11) appears to be fading in a young man’s game. He has dropped three consecutive fights and has not tasted victory in nearly two years.

Schall landed a stout right hand on Herman’s chin during an early exchange, but the blow did little to stem the tide. Herman snatched Schall in the Muay Thai plum and drilled him with knees to the body -- the last of which appeared to land below the belt -- until he collapsed to the mat. By then, Schall was defenseless and ate a series of punches and hammer fists that ended his night.

A light heavyweight match pairing Polish prospect Mamed Khalidov with Jason Guida ended in decisive fashion, as well, though not without controversy.

Unbeaten in his last 13 bouts, Khalidov (15-3-1) was the superior fighter standing and on the ground. He threatened Guida with numerous submission attempts in round one, including a rolling kneebar, a heel hook and an armbar. To his credit, Guida held off Khalidov and stayed competitive early.

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Khalidov (right) takes out Guida.
Embarrassed by an abbreviated appearance on the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Guida (17-18) could not keep up with his European counterpart. Noticeably winded, he failed to defend himself against Khalidov’s strikes as the fight spilled into a second round. At one point, Guida lost his mouthpiece and sparked a bizarre sequence in which two referees circled the cage in search of it. Guida milked the momentary respite for all it was worth, but Khalidov stepped up his attack upon the restart.

A left hook to the body backed Guida into the cage and set the stage for the finish. He absorbed a number of unanswered shots, leaving referee John Manley no choice but to intervene on his behalf. Evidently upset by the stoppage, Guida lashed out and forcibly shoved Manley away from him in disgust. Cooler heads prevailed.

“I think [the referee] made the right decision,” Khalidov said.

Meanwhile, reigning King of the Cage welterweight champion Anthony Lapsley outlasted Mike Stumpf in a non-title bout.

The explosive Lapsley (14-3) outstruck, outwrestled and outworked Stumpf, as he grinded his way to a majority decision. Two of the three cage-side judges scored it 30-27 in Lapsley’s favor; a third had it 29-29.

Lapsley pressed the action from the start, as he landed a nice combination to open round one and set the tone for what was to come. Later in the period, he dropped a pair of right hands on Stumpf’s head from a standing position and did his best to finish the 22-year-old Jeff Curran protégé. Still, his hammer fists, elbows and punches did not seal the deal.

The two welterweights traded mounts in an otherwise uneventful second round, as the pace of the fight slowed and boos came cascading in from the stands. Lapsley controlled Stumpf (10-2) with superior wrestling in the third, scoring two takedowns as he put the final touches on his second straight win.

“Mike’s a really tough kid; he’s got a good guard, and he’s strong,” Lapsley said. “I feel like I won the fight. I’m glad things went my way.”

While Stumpf fell short in his promotional debut, Russian middleweight Alexander Shlemenko used his as a springboard.

Taken down three times and mounted twice, Shlemenko weathered a fierce submission grappling attack from Robert McDaniel and waited for an opening. As a one-sided first round drew to a close, the two fighters stood and exchanged. Shlemenko missed a spinning back fist but kept up his pursuit, backed McDaniel against the cage and delivered a clean flying knee to his chest.

McDaniel crumbled from the surgical strike and remained face down for several moments, writhing in pain, agony occasionally spilling from his lungs. Unable to answer the bell for round two, the fight was halted and Shlemenko (22-3) was awarded his seventh win in a row. The 24-year-old has lost two only two men -- Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (twice) and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza -- in his 25-fight career.

“I was waiting for him to get tired,” Shlemenko said. “Once he got tired, I tried to do what I do best and knock him out.”

Finally, lightweight Lyle Beerbohm showed again how quickly momentum can swing in a sport that hangs on every strike.

Dominated early by Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rafaello Oliveira, Beerbohm unleashed a wicked elbow from top position in the final minute of round one. The strike opened a six-inch-long laceration on Oliveira’s head and spilled a generous amount of blood on the canvas. The cage-side doctor examined the previously unbeaten Oliveira (5-1) once the round ended and determined he was no longer fit to continue.

A veteran of the Sportfight and Strikeforce promotions, Beerbohm (8-0) kept his perfect record intact and voiced some lofty goals afterward.

“I want the 160-pound belt,” Beerbohm said. “I want [Nick] Diaz, [Eddie] Alvarez. Whoever wins that [title fight on Nov. 8], that’s who I want to fight. I’ll beat up either one of those two.”

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