The first fight of the night that wasn't very exciting came in the UFC 167 middleweight bout between Thales Leites and Ed Herman. Leites just completely controlled the fight with his grappling, ranking up dominant positions and taking away all of Herman's weapons. The fight was never close to being finished, but it was all Leites nonetheless. All three judges has it 30-27 for the Brazilian.
After a leg kick, both men swung and missed with big punches. Leites swung again though and dropped Herman. Leites jumped into an upkick, but landed a big punch before dropping into half guard. Herman got up after a couple of minutes but was immediately taken down again. Leites got Herman's back but was leaned up against the cage. After some punches to the head, Leites was able to move him away from the cage. He couldn't threaten a finish before the horn though.
The start of the second saw both men connect with a few strikes before Leites had a takedown attempt stuffed. They engaged in a long clinch sequence against the cage before Leites finally got the trip. Leites advanced to back control, but was pressed against the cage once again. Referee Kim Winslow gave Herman a warning for upkicking a grounded fighter. The rest of the round was spent with Leites in Herman's guard.
Herman opened the final round with some good strikes but Leites responded with a straight right of his own before clinching. Herman scored with a left on the exit. Herman grabbed the fence to avoid a takedown but didn't lose a point. He still ended up on the bottom. Both men were gassed but Leites kept going, taking Herman's back. Leites didn't get near a finish, but he ended the fight in mount.