“I honestly really don’t think it does [work]. If you have any knowledge at all of jiu-jitsu, it’s just not going to work. If you literally have never heard of anything and have no idea what they’re doing, OK, kind of like the first UFC, yeah jiu-jitsu works. It’s kind of like trickery, basically. If you have any idea about any of the tricks, it’s just not going to work, unless you’re a complete idiot and fall for it… Maybe I should re-phrase it and just say, jiu-jitsu doesn’t work on me. As a wrestler I’m going to have to stick with wrestling as the best [foundation], but I really think jiu-jitsu isn’t that great, and even from a spectator standpoint, it’s not that fun to watch. Striking is obviously the most entertaining.”
— Dave Herman on The MMA Hour claiming that jiu-jitsu doesn’t work
That’s a pretty bold statement. I’m sure there are thousands of BJJ practitioners and fans that would vehemently disagree with Herman, but I guess he has a point to a degree. Although I think the same could be said for any discipline in mixed martial arts. If you have no striking skill or wrestling experience, of course you’re going to get knocked out or slammed to the ground if that’s the game you try to play. That’s just the nature of the beast. Strengths vs. weaknesses. I’m not sure how much experience Herman has in jiu-jitsu, but he has scored three submission wins — two by rear-naked choke and one by omoplata (not exactly a beginner’s move) — so even he has proved it works. I think this is just his way of garnering a little attention in the media and considering I just made it a post about it, well, I guess that worked too.