Round 1: Herman presses forward. He lands a left hook. Smith initiates the clinch. Herman lands knees to the body. Smith answers with a knee to the body of his own. Herman lands left hands to the body. Smith delivers more knees to the body of Herman. Smith lands a left hand on the break. Herman counters with a left hook that staggers Smith. Herman lands an uppercut on the inside. They exchange jabs. Smith lands a left hand that wobbles Herman. Smith delivers an outside leg kick. Herman lands a right hand followed by an uppercut. They clinch. Smith lands a knee to the body. Smith presses Herman against the cage. They separate. Both guys have taken big shots. Smith looks for a takedown but Herman stuffs it. They’re clinched up and Herman lands knees. They separate and Herman delivers a combination. Smith fires back. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman, but it was a close round.
Round 2: Smith opens the round with an outside leg kick. He fires off a high kick. Herman lands a right hand. Smith looks for a takedown. Herman defends the attempt. Smith scrambles to his feet and lands a kick as Herman stands. Smith initiates the clinch. Herman turns him and presses him against the cage. He lands a combination on the break. Smith delivers a right hand. Herman goes to the body. Herman lands a left hook. Smith changes levels and secures a takedown. Herman uses the fence to stand. They separate. Smith lands a left hook. Smith lands a combination. Herman answers with a knee. Herman looks for a takedown but Smith shakes it off. Herman presses Smith against the cage and lands an uppercut. They work for position inside the clinch. Herman drops down and gets the takedown. He lands in side control. Smith holds onto a headlock. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman.
Round 3: Smith lands an outside leg kick to start the round. He lands a right hand. Herman drives forward with a double leg takedown and gets it. Smith applies a guillotine choke, but Herman defends the submission attempt. Herman works for a head and arm choke. Herman lets it go when he couldn’t step over to the other side. Smith scrambles to his feet. Herman steps in with a right hand. Smith looks for a takedown but Herman defends it. Herman presses Smith against the cage. They exchange knees to the body before separating. Herman clinches and delivers a knee. Smith lands a kick to the groin of Herman. Herman is given time to recover. The fight is quickly restarted. Smith lands a left hook. Herman delivers uppercuts in the clinch position. Smith lands knees to the body. They separate in the closing seconds. Smith lands a left hook followed by another. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Herman, but another close round.
The judges scored the fight for Herman by split decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 28-30 and 29-28.