UFC releases heavyweight veteran Chase Sherman


Chase Sherman’s UFC 2nd act ended after four fights. Multiple people familiar with the matter told MMA Fighting that the 32-year old heavyweight veteran had been let go by the promotion.

Sherman (15-9) re-entered the promotion in 2020 after three first-round knockouts and a trio of bareknuckle boxing matches, defeating Sam Shewmaker and Arnold Adams before a decision defeat to Joey Beltran for the BKFC heavyweight belt.

“The Vanilla Gorilla” stopped Ike Villanueva in his first fight back inside the octagon before losing three in a row, dropping decisions to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and Parker Porter. In his most recent appearance this past January, Sherman tapped to a rear-naked choke against Jake Collier.

Sherman’s first UFC run saw wins over Rashad Coulter and Damian Grabowski in seven octagon appearances.