But if Herman had any, he shook it off quickly – and is glad he did. Herman, back for the first time since August 2009, and coming off two knee surgeries, shut down Credeur with a big first-round TKO. And he's already talking about putting himself in a position to contend in the middleweight division.
"I'm just so excited to be back and prove that I belong here still," Herman said. "The life-changing injury – I'm just excited to be back in the middleweight division and excited to make a run."
Herman (20-7, 5-5 UFC) has had an up-and-down UFC career following his loss in the TUF 3 title bout to Kendall Grove. But after being out of action for so long, it was his original jumping-off point – "The Ultimate Fighter" – that may have jumpstarted his career on Saturday night at the TUF 13 Finale.
"It was cool to be here on the Finale with the guys coming off Season 13 – 10 seasons after mine is kind of crazy," Hermand said. "It meant a lot, and it gave me the opportunity to be on the main card. If it was a big pay-per-view, I may not have had that opportunity. So to get out there and let people know I'm still fighting – when you're not on TV for a while, people kind of forget you – it was good to have that opportunity."
Herman even said he would love to work his way toward a rematch with Grove and had mixed feelings about his TUF 3 Finale opponent's loss to Tim Boetsch last week at UFC 130.
"I was a little bummed (that Grove lost)," Herman said. "I was hoping he could go on a run, too, so we could have a big rematch and get some hype behind it. I was bummed to see him lose, but at the same time I've trained with Tim, so I was glad to see him win."
While Herman likely would have taken a win any way it would come on Saturday night, he said getting a knockout – and so quickly – makes his return extra special.
"I saw him crumble and his eyes roll in the back of his head," Herman said. "The win is unreal – a dream come true for me. After being out two years with injury and really starting to question myself, it feels great to show the UFC I still have what it takes."