Simpson recently announced the matchup against Herman on Facebook after previously stating he could fight Dan Miller at the Spike-televised event only to update his announcement to say nothing was yet official.
Simpson (5-0, 1-0 UFC), who trains at Arizona Combat Systems, made his WEC debut late last year with an 18-second knockout of David Avellan. After the promotion’s middleweight division was shut down following his win, Simpson made the jump to the UFC, defeating Tim McKenzie via first-round TKO in April.
Herman (15-7, 4-4 UFC) is 4-4 in the UFC since debuting with the promotion in 2006 following his appearance on the reality show. After back-to-back losses to Kendall Grove and Jason MacDonald to start his UFC career, Herman would win 3-straight over Chris Price, Scott Smith, and Joe Doerksen. “Short Fuse” followed up losses to Demian Maia and Alan Belcher in 2008 with a unanimous decision victory over David Loiseau in April.
UFC Fight Night 19, which will serve as the lead-in for The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights featuring Kimbo Slice, is co-headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard and Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard, and is also rumored to include Chris Lytle vs. Carlos Condit, Chris Wilson vs. Mike Pyle, Jeremy Stephens vs. Ronny Torres, Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry, Kyle Bradley vs. Sam Stout, and Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen.
[Pictured: Aaron Simpson]