In the evening’s fourth bout, Ed Herman stayed just a half-step ahead of his fellow Vancouver, WA-born opponent throughout a wild brawl at UFC on Fox 8, taking home a split decision victory.

Smith scored some good knees to the clinch to begin the bout but Herman struck well with uppercuts and eventually rocked Smith with a hard left hook, taking control of the round.

Both continued to land throughout the standup war but Herman was just a bit more active and accurate. Herman also landed the fight’s only takedowns.

A staggering Smith tried head kicks to turn the bout in his favor in the third, to little effect. Surprisingly, one of the judges would score every round for him anyway. It was a great back-and-forth “slobberknocker” of a fight, but one Herman would seem to have done enough to win every round.

The bout was scored 30-27 Smith, 30-27 Herman, and 29-28 Herman.

Ed Herman defeats Trevor Smith by split decision at UFC on Fox 8.