Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
Kim Winslow is our referee. Herman opens with an outside leg kick. Leites cracks Herman during a wild exchange. Herman connects on an upkick but Leites still dives into top position. Leites stands, then settles in half guard. Leites trying to pass but Herman having none of it. Leites finally works into side control. Herman scrambles back to his feet, but winds up with his back against the fence. Leites trips Herman to the canvas, landing in half guard. Herman rolls and Leites takes his back, sinking in both hooks. Leites propped up against the fence, working for a rear-naked. Herman looks to roll but Leites blasts him with lefts, then re-sinks in both hooks. Herman explodes to his feet.
Leites cracks Herman with a hard right, then bullrushes him against the fence. Herman reverses. Herman stuffs a takedown attempt and connects on a hard counter. Leites trips Herman to the canvas, then advances into half guard. Herman gives up his back and Leites gladly takes it. Herman eats a right. Leites stands, gets blasted by an upkick, then dives back on top. Leites claims side control, then takes Herman's back again. Herman creates some distance then regains his half guard. Big flood of boos from the Las Vegas crowd.
Herman's corner calling for desperation. Leites blasts Herman with a left then ties up. Herman reverses, separates then unloads a salvo. Low kick from Herman. Leites charges inside and muscles Herman against the fence. Herman defends a trip attempt then reverses position. Winslow calls for action. Good left off the break from Herman. Herman paws out his jab, then whiffs on a looping punch. Another clinch, this time Leites trapped against the fence. Leites works on a trip, but Herman holds onto the cage to stop it. Winslow pries Herman's fingers off as Leites finishes the takedown. Leites working from half guard. More boos from the crowd. Leites climbs over and takes Herman's back. Leites hunting for an arm triangle. Herman rolls to reclaim his half guard. Winslow calls for action again. And there's the boos. Leites mounts Herman as the horn signals the end.
Thales Leites def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)