UFC 150 Results: Jake Shields Grinds Out Ed Herman in Return to Middleweight

August 11, 2012
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As a middleweight, Jake Shields had been nothing short of dominant so after a tough go of it at 170lbs in the UFC, he opted to move back up in weight and test his mettle at UFC 150 against veteran fighter Ed Herman.

With wins over Robbie Lawler, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller and Dan Henderson to his credit, Shields was ready to jump right into the deep end at 185lbs.

Shields was strong in his ground game and control as he put Herman on his back several times in the fight, and in the 2nd round he was looking to finish with a kimura from side control but his opponent ultimately slipped away.

The pace of the fight could only be described as a grind because Shields was obviously feeling the effects of the lacking oxygen in the thin Denver air, and it wore on him as the minutes passed by.

The baffling part of the bout may have been Ed Herman’s strategy to continuously move into the clinch, which gave Shields the opening to grab takedowns and get the fight into his world on the mat.

In the final round, Shields was able to move to mount and showcase his dominant ground work, but again his lacking cardio never allowed him to do much more than gain the position.

When it was over, Shields was the clear cut winner on the scorecards, but he may not have gained much favor with the Denver crowd.

“Fighting middleweight I like, but the altitude definitely forced me to slow my pace down a little bit,” said Shields. “It was a little embarrassing, but I had to slow down a little bit.

“Hopefully next time it won’t be at altitude, I’ll fight at a different level, and I’ll show the fighter I was against Dan Henderson.”

Shields is a great new addition to the middleweight division, but fighting at altitude may not be his best friend at any weight class moving forward.

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  • I wonder how much Herman got paid to throw that fight?

  • adice89

    Another Horrible performance by shields. In my mind he should have lost to akiyama who tossed him like a ragdoll.

  • phrankthetank

    Wow, it surprises me that people hate on Fitch so much when shields is half the fighter and twice as boring. How do you get mount 2 rounds in a row and do absolutely nothing with it? At least Fitch throws punches.

    • WarriorScholar

      I hate both fighters equally

    • RonnieV

      Shields is now 17-2 over the past 7 years Phranky! Boring yes, but so is GSP (&Fitch).

      • RubeKegal

        Oh cut the sh*t Ronnie!! If you compare GSP’s style to Shields, then you are mere brain particles away from those who think Gnarls Barkley can defeat Charles Barkley in a game of 1 on 1.

      • phrankthetank

        No, GSP out strikes all of his opponents, takes down all of his opponents with ease, and dominates all of his opponents on the ground. Shields gets out struck by all of his opponents, takes 8 tries to get a guy to the ground, and then lays on them while he’s there… Biiiiiiiig difference. Oh, and GSP is 22-2 over his career, you don’t have to break it down to make it sound good.

        • RonnieV

          You guys don’t like Shields, because “he plays it safe/boring.” Which is exactly what GSP did against Shields. Why did GSP keep letting Shields up? Because he was scared of Shields ground game. This stat is misleading, because GSP landed a higher %, but Shields actually landed 4 more strikes against GSP! Oh wait, I forget GSP got poked in the eye.

          GSP used to be exciting, but he hasn’t finished anyone since Penn, three of his last four fights were just as boring as any Shields fight. His only impressive victory was against Koscheck, the rest were snoozers. I’m not saying Shields is better, I know he’s not (but Nick is), I’m just saying that GSP is just as guilty as Shields when it comes to “playing it safe/boring.”

          • RonnieV

            MMA Weekly cut-out my Fight Metric stat sheet, because it cam from another website. Google it!