Round 1: Shields opens with a kick to the body. Herman throwing bombs. He clinches and Shields gets a trip takedown, but Herman bounces back to his feet and presses Shields against the cage. The work for position along the cage. They exchange knees to the body. Shields secures a trip takedown. Shields lands in Herman’s half guard. Herman works to get up and Shields takes his back. Herman spins and presses Shields against the fence. Herman works some dirty boxing on the inside. Herman works knees to Shields’ thighs. He lands a few left hands to the body. Shields briefly looks for a guillotine before dropping down for a takedown. Herman shakes it off and turns Shields to the cage. It’s a clinch battle along the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman.
Round 2: Shields takes the center of the cage. He lands two kick to the body. Herman closes the distance and clinches. Shields powers him to the ground. Shields lands an elbow. Shields is in side control. He isolates an arm and works for a kimura. Herman gets out of it. Shields works to get to the mount position. Shields lands short elbows. Herman moves away from the cage. He scrambles looking for a sweep and gets back to full guard. Shields works shots to the body and head. Herman lands elbows from the bottom. Shields moves to half guard. He lands left hands. Herman hangs on and lands short elbows from the bottom. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
Round 3: Herman’s corner urges him to let his hands go. They touch gloves to start the final round. Shields lands an outside leg kick. Herman lands a stiff jab. Shields looks for a takedown but Herman defends it. They’re tied up and Herman presses Shields against the cage. He works dirty boxing, landing left hands to the body. They separate. Herman lands a stiff jab, and another. Shields clinches and Herman takes him down and gets back up. Shields lands a right hand and drops down for a double leg takedown. He gets it and lands in side control. Three minutes remain in the round. Shields lands short elbows. Herman gets back to half guard. Shields advances to the mount position. Shields softens him up with short punches. Herman hip escapes and gets back to full guard. One minute remains in the round. Herman lands elbows form the bottom. Shields works some ground and pound. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
The judges score the fight for Shields by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.