Either Shields was playing possum, or he simply was able to push his way through, because he put on a Jake Shields-like performance on Saturday.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion, in his return to the 185-pound division, had his way with Herman, stifling him throughout en route to a methodical unanimous-decision victory. The judges' scores were 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.
Shields used his superior grappling game, both in the standup and on the ground, to overpower Herman, who curiously initiated the clinch in the second round. Shields worked for submissions throughout the fight but was never able to finish the bout. His best sub attempt was a second-round Kimura.
It was the second straight victory for Shields (28-6-1). Herman had a three-fight win streak snapped.
"Fighting at middleweight I like, but the altitude definitely managed to slow down my pace," said Shields.