Jake Shields came to Denver just seven days before competing in the altitude of the “Mile High City,” and you could tell it. Saturday night, Shields, a notorious workout machine, got tired in his decision victory over Ed Herman at UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II.
“I came here for seven days,” Shields said. “If I had to do it again, I would (come) for three weeks. I underestimated (the altitude).”
Shields controlled Herman, scoring three takedowns and keeping him on the canvas for almost nine minutes. After a clinching match was evident early on, you could tell Shields was tired due to the high elevation.
“Props to Ed Herman,” Shields said. “Next time I will show a lot more. It was very physical in there.”
Shields was making his 185-pound debut after moving up from welterweight. He is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, but was unsuccessful in trying to win the 170-pound belt from Georges St-Pierre last year.