It wasn't the prettiest fight, but Shields managed to spend most of it in top position, and that was enough to pull out the win. Although he did control most of the fight, Shields was unable to come close to finishing Herman, only putting him in notable danger once with a kimura.
Herman looked good on the feet and in the clinch, but was unable to stuff Shield's takedowns.
What We'll Remember about This Fight:
Um...that Shields won it, I guess.
No particular moment in the fight stood out as memorable. This is a bout that will be remembered more as a statistic than a performance.
What We Learned about Jake Shields:
Middleweight is the right place for him.
Shields fought four times at welterweight in the UFC and looked unimpressive in all four fights. He didn't have a totally impressive performance against Herman either, but he definitely looked more comfortable than at 170 pounds, and his cardio looked better than it has.
What We Learned about Ed Herman:
He might not be a threat for this title, but Herman could wind up being a top-10 middleweight. He didn't fight smart tonight, and that cost him, but he is well-rounded and hung in there on the mat with one of the sports best Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners.
What's Next for Shields:
I know the UFC doesn't like to do winner vs. loser matchups, but I think Shields vs. Hector Lombard would be a good fight.
What's Next for Herman:
Court McGee makes sense.