It’s been a long road inside the Octagon for Ed Herman, but he might have found a new place to continue his career.

Sunday night, Herman scored a second round TKO over fellow veteran Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 81.

After concluding the first round with strong work inside the clinch, “Short Fuse” started the second the same way. This time, though, he found an opening for a knee and struck, dropping Boetsch.

“With the sport getting cleaned up, (this is my new fighting weight),” Herman said. “I’m happy that the sport is getting cleaned up. I’ve been a clean fighter my whole career.”

The 35-year-old Herman (23-11) earned his first win since a 2014 decision over Rafael Natal and improved to 6-3 with a no-contest since 2011. That includes four finishes during his run.

“I worked really, really hard for this fight,” he said. “A lot of people helped me out. The Boston fans got me excited to fight hard. I am happy I got to put on a good show for these guys.

“I am pretty confident in my dirty boxing. When we clinched, I felt he wasn’t moving and felt the knee was there. I went for it and it landed clean.”

Boetsch, a middleweight, was fighting for the first time at 205 pounds in 11 bouts. He will return there after his fight.