Round 1: They touch gloves and both miss with big right hands. Leites lands a shot on the inside and Herman goes down. Leites lands a right hand. He drops down into Herman’s half guard. Leites moves to side control. Herman rolls and explodes back to his feet. Leites stays on him and presses Herman against the cage. Leites secures a trip takedown with two minutes remaining in the round. Herman scrambles but Leites takes his back. Herman rolls and Leites lands left hands. He takes Herman’s back. Herman gets to his feet in the final seconds. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Leites.
Round 2: Leites moves forward. Herman lands an outside leg kick. He lands a right hand and Leites answers with a stiff jab. Leites ducks under a punch and clinches. He drives Herman to the fence. Herman turns him and they work for position. Herman lands an elbow over the top. Leites secures a takedown. Leites steps over into half guard. Leites transitions and takes Herman’s back. Herman spins and lands an up-kick. Leites moves to side control. He takes Herman’s back again. Herman works his way back to guard. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Leites.
Round 3: Herman misses with a lazy left hook. Leites moves in behind a right hand and clinches. Herman pushes away and lands a combination. Both fighters look fatigued. Leites ties Herman up. They work for position along the cage. Herman lands short punches to the body. Herman backs away and lands a left hand on the separation. Leites answers with a right hand. Herman stuffs a takedown attempt by Leites. Herman grabs the fence to keep from being taken down. He is warned by referee Kim Winslow. Leites secures the takedown. Leites advances to side control. Leites takes Herman’s back. Leites softens him up with short shots. Herman gets back to half guard. Leites moves to the mount position in the final seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Leites.
The judges scored the fight for Leites by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I’m really happy but I didn’t submit him when I had control so I’m disappointed in that part of my performance. He’s very tough and he knew just how to defend against each submission when I tried to pass his guard and improve position. I want to fix some mistakes with my coaches and come back better.”
“Felt flat out there. It just wasn’t my night. What can I say.”