From the moment the welterweights hit the ground early in the opening stanza, Shields was on Berger like an anaconda — it was obvious that a very skilled fighter had ran into a buzz saw.
Berger, bewildered and confused by the relentless attack, had no chance to mount an offensive of his own. Shortly after the bell for round two sounded Shields slammed Berger and began a ground-and-pound display that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest at the 1:36 mark.
Sacramento’s own Urijah Faber (Pictures) found himself in a tougher fight than many expected against Enoch Wilson (Pictures). Although Faber was never in any real danger, Wilson kept scrambling and made it hard for “The California Kid” to finish the standout Oregonian bantamweight.
Faber took Wilson’s back on several occasions, but was unable to finish. However, you could see Faber’s confidence build late in the first round and that continued until the referee stopped the bout due to strikes at 1:01 of the second round.
“Malice at the Palace” Full Results
Nick Theotikos def. Josh Hancock TKO 0:58 R1
Marco Falcon def. George Rodriguez submission (rear-naked choke) 0:41 R1
Alexander Crispim def. Gigo Jara (Pictures) submission (rear-naked choke) 1:49 R1
Moses Baca def. Dave McMillian split decision 3R
Jason Pietz def. Vincent Perez submission (Kimura) 1:39 R1
Marlon Sims (Pictures) def. Sal Guillena (Pictures) TKO 0:28 R1
Brian Ebersole (Pictures) def. Shannon Ritch (Pictures) tapout 3:46 R1
Jeremiah Metcalf (Pictures) def. Jamie Hants (Pictures) TKO 0:59 R3
Nam Phan (Pictures) def. Aric Nelson (Pictures) TKO 4:11 R2
Urijah Faber (Pictures) def. Enoch Wilson (Pictures) TKO 1:01 R2
Jake Shields (Pictures) def. Steve Berger (Pictures) TKO 1:36 R2