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Herring steps in to face Lesnar at UFC 87

Heath Herring, a former PRIDE title contender, will take on 2000 NCAA wrestling champion Brock Lesnar on August 9 at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The UFC confirmed Thursday that Herring has signed on to replace UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, who is out with a torn MCL suffered during training. The knee injury won't require him to undergo surgery, but it'll likely sideline him for the next 6-8 weeks. Coleman was preparing for his return to the UFC after a nine-and-a-half year absence from the Octagon.

Lesnar (1-1) lost his UFC debut in February against former UFC champion Frank Mir. The former WWE superstar fared well in the bout left himself open for a knee bar that forced him to tap out.

Herring (29-13-1), who reclaimed a spot on's top ten heavyweights with a win over Cheick Kongo in March, could position himself for a title shot with a win here at the UFC's first event in Minnesota. Mir's win over Lesnar earned him a spot as a coach on the next season's "The Ultimate Fighter" as well as a shot at the interim UFC heavyweight title against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

UFC 87: Seek and Destroy
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Target Center in Minneapolis, MN

170 lbs. | Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch (Title Bout)
155 lbs. | Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta
265 lbs. | Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring
265 lbs. | Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen*
155 lbs. | Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida*

*not officially announced

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