Parker Porter

USA

Comes through as underdog
HeavyweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Porter defeated Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a competent, all-around performance from Porter in a bout in which he entered as a +160 underdog. Knowing full well Sherman is a limited, one-dimensional brawler, Porter fired off eight takedown attempts. Only one landed, but that one won him Round 1 and kept Sherman off balance for the entirety of the fight. Like Sherman, Porter is going to typically have issues if his power punches aren't landing, but he has now managed to rattle off back-to-back unanimous decision victories since being knocked out by Chris Daukaus in his UFC debut in August 2020.
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Lined up for Sherman in August
HeavyweightUFC
May 30, 2021
Porter's formerly scheduled heavyweight bout against Chase Sherman has been rebooked for the UFC event scheduled for Aug. 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter and Sherman were originally scheduled for a date in April, but Porter had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury, and Sherman went on to lose a decision to replacement opponent Andrei Arlovski. Now apparently ready to go, Porter will be giving up four inches in height and three inches in reach to his more experienced adversary. Experience doesn't guarantee results, however, as Sherman has dropped four of his last five UFC fights dating back to 2017.
Out for UFC Vegas 24
HeavyweightUFC
April 7, 2021
Porter won't fight against Chase Sherman at UFC Vegas 24 on April 17 for undisclosed reasons, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Andrei Arlovski will take Porter's place in the fight against Sherman. It's unclear how long Porter will be out until he's ready to re-enter the Octagon.
Facing Chase Sherman
HeavyweightUFC
January 29, 2021
Porter will take on Chase Sherman on April 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter was handed a six-month medical suspension after defeating Josh Parisian by unanimous decision in November, but he's evidently been cleared to return before that period is up. That victory improved his record to 1-1 with the UFC. His opponent, Sherman, opened his second stint with the promotion with a second-round TKO victory over Isaac Villanueva in May.
Facing six-month suspension
HeavyweightUFC
December 1, 2020
Porter must have his left hand X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or he will have to face a six-month suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter is coming off a unanimous decision win over Josh Parisian on Saturday. If he is unable to get doctors clearance, Porter will not be able to fight again until after May 28, 2021.
Outlasts Josh Parisian for upset
HeavyweightUFC
November 28, 2020
Porter defeated Josh Parisian via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Porter kept the pressure coming in a fast-paced first round, but ate his fair share of damage as well, including a spinning backfist. Early in the second, Porter kicked Parisian's legs out and pounced on his opponent in search of the choke, but the fight eventually got back to the feet. The big men were both exhausted by the midway point of Round 2. Porter pressed through and got a takedown, landing a few short elbows before attempting a keylock from half guard. Porter eventually gave up and went to the hammer fists, racking up some control time before the two got back to their feet to end the frame. With both fighters even more exhausted entering Round 3, Porter absorbed a low blow early, but intelligently didn't take much time to recover. He continued to piece together combinations, and referee Mark Smith even warned his opponent to fight back. This continued for the rest of the round with Porter starting to pull away on the scorecards. While Porter dropped a short-notice debut to Chris Daukaus, he looked much better here with a full camp. There's limited upside here at the age of 35, so the UFC needs to test him quickly to see what it has here.