Chase Sherman
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USA

Wins in return to UFC
HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Sherman defeated Ike Villanueva via TKO (strikes) at 0:49 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Sherman looked good in his first UFC bout in a year and a half. He applied constant pressure to the debuting Villanueva, and his opponent didn't possess the necessary skills to get out of the way of incoming fire. It's a nice story given the fact Sherman has had a rough go of it of late, but expectations must be kept in check. Sherman entered Wednesday's action with a 2-5 record in seven bouts with the UFC, and it seems highly unlikely this was anything more than Sherman taking advantage of inferior competition. Still, his victory ensures he will get another fight with the company and that wasn't guaranteed with a loss.
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Ticketed for May 13 UFC bout
HeavyweightUFC
May 2, 2020
Sherman will square off against Ike Villanueva on the May 13 card in Jacksonville, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sherman fell out of the UFC ranks back in 2018 after three consecutive losses but has earned his way back in following three straight victories on a regional circuit. He takes on a UFC newcomer in Villanueva, who will debut at the age of 36 after four straight wins in Fury, including his most recent victory over former UFC fighter Rashad Coulter.
Gases out in loss to Augusto Sakai Saturday
HeavyweightUFC
September 22, 2018
Sherman lost to Augusto Sakai via TKO (punches) at 4:03 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Sherman has a chin of granite and is stupidly tough. What he doesn't possess is a gas tank of any sort or any striking defense whatsoever. Any athleticism edge that Sherman had over Sakai was more than cancelled out by the fact Sherman was totally exhausted after just a few minutes. Sherman is entertaining and marketable, but he simply has too many holes in his game. A loser of three straight fights, Sherman seems likely to be handed his walking papers.
Headed to Sao Paulo
HeavyweightUFC
August 30, 2018
Sherman will take on Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sherman is a tough, 28-year-old product of Jackson-Wink MMA, but he simply hasn't been very effective during his time in the UFC. He's 2-6 with the promotion, and is coming off back-to-back losses to Justin Willis and Shamil Abdurakhimov. The UFC is doing him no favors with his next matchup, as he'll head to Sao Paulo to face a native Brazilian that is coming off back-to-back TKO victories. The two measure out almost identically, standing at 6-4 with 78-inch reaches. Sherman has a bit more experience under the UFC lights, but that matters little when the cage doors close and the crowd is screaming in favor of Sakai. Should Sherman come up short, there's at least a decent chance he'll be looking for another employer, despite his clear marketability generated by social media presence.
Comes up short Saturday against Justin Willis
HeavyweightUFC
April 21, 2018
Sherman lost to Justin Willis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.
ANALYSIS
Sherman is stupidly tough and it was a minor miracle that he was able to survive Round 1. He was the better, more active fighter in the third frame, but he did so little early on that he didn't have a prayer of getting the decision from the judges. Sherman looks like he should be more effective than he actually is. He's a marketable asset, but he simply isn't a very good fighter. Sherman falls to 2-4 in the UFC with Saturday's setback.
Facing Justin Willis at UFC Atlantic City
HeavyweightUFC
March 15, 2018
Sherman will take on Justin Willis at UFC Atlantic City on April 21, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sherman (11-4) lost his most recent fight in November to Shamil Abdurakhimov, which snapped a two-fight winning streak. Sherman's opponent, Willis (6-1) has won six bouts in a row and is coming off a first-round knockout of Allen Crowder during UFC 218.