Ed Herman leaves Team Quest, opening own facility, targets return in 2011

TUF 3 runner-up, Ed Herman has left his long term training camp at Team Quest to set up his own gym with close friend and fellow fighter, Ryan Schultz in Fort Collins, Colorado, adding his return will more than likely come in 2011.

Herman, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“I’m just now getting back to some light training. I really wanted to take my time and let this heal right, and we’re about to open our gym, so it works out perfect. I’d been wanting to make a move for a while. Things are kind of falling apart out in Oregon at (Team) Quest a little bit, and Matt Lindland’s not the best person to be around all the time, so we needed to make our move.”

“There’s no bridges burned or anything, but I didn’t like the way fighters were getting taken care of. I didn’t like the way students were getting taken care of. There were a lot of promises to me that were never fulfilled. So we had to make a move and make things happen ourself instead of bitching and whining about stuff (and) not having this and not having that.”

“I’m going crazy, man. It’s been a year now since my injury, and I can’t even wait to get back into the gym and get punched in the face a couple of times. But getting back in the cage is the ultimate goal. I’ve got to get myself healthy and back in shape and feeling good. I feel like I can make a good run.”

“Chael did all that pretty much without any training partners. [Chael’s] main training partner is Tyson Jeffries, who’s a stud young guy, and maybe Matt Lindland and a couple of other guys like Pat and Ryan Healy. But those are his main training partners getting ready for that fight against Anderson Silva. Team Quest didn’t bring in one person to help.”

“I’m not taking anything away from the quality of guys who have come out of Quest. Look at all the quality guys Quest has produced, especially Team Quest North. Some talented, talented guys. Chael has been one of my greatest partners for years and years, and I hated to leave him, but Matt really left us no choice.”

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