I know we talk a lot about the MW division, but let's talk about it some more. It's deeper than a lot of people think, and I'm wondering who you guys think would win this matchup.
?Ed "Short Fuse" Herman (13-5) vs. Chris "The Crippler" Leben (17-4)
Unfortunately, both fighters are members of Team Quest, so this fight probably won't happen. But it's fun to think about. Here are bios of both guys:Ed Herman
Record: 13-5: 3 (T)KO, 9 submissions
Herman was a cast member on TUF 3, and was the runner up in the Middleweight competition to Kendall Grove. Most people thought that he was the favorite throughout the competition, but he lost in a shocking upset to Grove. His nickname, Short Fuse, stems from his tendency to fight with a lot of emotion in the octagon. He holds wins over Nick Thompson, Dave Menne, and Scott Smith.
He's a grappler, and likes to put his opponents in submissions. His standup game is questionable, but it's always getting better.Chris Leben
Record: 17-4: 9 (T)KO, 4 submissions
Leben was a cast member on the first season of TUF, and immediately emerged as a favorite in the MW competition before losing twice, to Josh Koscheck and Kenny Florian. He is most known for his crazy antics and actions in the house. He's also a very emotional fighter, and he won his first 5 fights in the octagon. He was in line for a title shot before he ran into a buzzsaw known as Anderson Silva. After getting KO'd in less than a minute, Leben was back at the bottom of the ladder. Since losing last year to The Spider, Leben has been up and down, going 2-2. His signature wins are over Mike Swick, Benji Radach, Patrick Cote, Edwin Dewees, Jorge Rivera, and Terry Martin. He's beat pretty much the entire cast of TUF 4: The Comeback.
As far as fighting style goes, Leben is a puncher. He goes into the octagon looking to knock his opponent out, and he's looking to do it quick. Only 6 of his 21 fights have went to a decision. But he's not only a striker, he also has decent ground skills. He has submission wins via RNC and armbar.