Chase Sherman

Jonathan Chase Sherman[1] (born November 16, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former bare-knuckle boxer. A professional MMA competitor since 2014, he has competed for the UFC and Titan FC.

Chase Sherman
BornJonathan Chase Sherman[1]
(1989-11-16) November 16, 1989 (age 32)
D'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
Other namesThe Vanilla Gorilla
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight256 lb (116 kg; 18 st 4 lb)
Reach78 in (198 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofD'Iberville, Mississippi, United States
TeamAlan Belcher MMA Club (formerly)
Jackson-Wink MMA (formerly)
Sanford MMA (2021–present)[3]
RankPurple belt in Kickboxing under Duke Roufus[2]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout15
By decision1
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Born and raised in D'Iberville, Mississippi, Sherman played football at D'Iberville High School. He continued with the sport on a scholarship to Jones Junior College, before transferring to NCAA Division II Delta State University after two years. At Delta State, Sherman helped the team reach the Division II National Championship in 2010 as an offensive tackle.[4] Sherman also earned a bachelor's degree in sports management and exercise science from Delta State.[5] In 2019, Sherman revealed that he had graduated from the fire academy, and is eligible to work as a firefighter.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After amassing an amateur record of 4–0, Sherman made his professional debut in April 2014. Over the next two years he fought ten times and amassed a record of 9–1; all of his wins came by TKO in the first round.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Sherman made his promotional debut on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92 against Justin Ledet.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Sherman next faced Walt Harris on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[10] He lost the fight by knockout in the second round.[11]

For his third fight for the promotion, Sherman was scheduled to face Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017. However, Poberezhets was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by newcomer Rashad Coulter.[12] Sherman won the fight by knockout in the second round.[13] The back-and-forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[14]

Prior to his fourth fight in UFC, Sherman revealed he had signed a new, four-fight contract with UFC.[15]

For his next fight, Sherman was tapped as a short notice replacement for Christian Colombo and faced Damian Grabowski on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Sherman faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 122.[18] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[19]

Sherman faced Justin Willis on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

In what marked the last fight of his contract, Sherman faced Augusto Sakai at UFC Fight Night 137 on September 22, 2018.[22] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[23][24]

Post-UFC careerEdit

Sherman made his comeback to Island Fights 51 on December 21, 2018 against Frank Tate. He won by TKO in the first round.[25]

Sherman next faced Jeremy May on February 7, 2019 at Island Fights 52.[26] He won the fight by TKO in the very first round.[27]

Sherman faced Rashaun Jackson on May 9, 2019, at Island Fights 56. He won the fight by TKO in the first round.[28]

Sherman was then set to fight former M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion Kenny Garner on April 11, 2020, but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[29]

Return to Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Sherman returned to UFC and faced Ike Villanueva on May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira.[30] Outclassing Villanueva on the feet, Sherman won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[31] Sherman received nine month USADA suspension for testing positive for Anastrozole from a in-competition sample collected on May 13, 2020. He became eligible to fight again on February 13, 2021.[32]

Sherman was scheduled to face Parker Porter on April 17, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 22.[33] However, Porter was removed from the event for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Andrei Arlovski.[34] Sherman lost the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Sherman faced Parker Porter on August 21, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 29.[36] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

As the last bout of his prevailing contract, Sherman faced Jake Collier on January 15, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 32.[38][3] He lost the bout via rear-naked choke submission in round one.[39]

After the loss, it was announced that Sherman's contract was not renewed.[40]

Sherman was re-signed by the UFC four days after he was released the second time, as he replaced Tanner Boser against Alexander Romanov at UFC Fight Night: Lemos vs. Andrade.[41] However, the fight was cancelled when Sherman was deemed unable to compete due to a "minor heath issue" on the day of the event[42] and the pair was rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 35.[42] Sherman lost the fight via keylock submission in the first round.[43]

Sherman faced Jared Vanderaa on July 9, 2022, at UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev.[44] He won the fight via TKO in round three.[45] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[46]

Bare-knuckle boxingEdit

In the spring of 2019, Sherman signed a contract with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He faced Sam Shewmaker at Bare Knuckle FC 5 on April 6, 2019. The bout ended in a split draw.[47]

In his second fight for the promotion, Sherman challenged Arnold Adams for the BKFC heavyweight title and Police Gazette Bare Knuckle title at Bare Knuckle FC 7 on August 10, 2019. He won the fight by unanimous decision.[48]

Sherman was then set to defend the titles against Joey Beltran at Bare Knuckle FC 9 on November 16, 2019.[49] After a hard-fought five rounds, Sherman lost the fight via unanimous decision.[50]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Bare-knuckle boxingEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 16 wins 10 losses
By knockout 15 4
By submission 0 2
By decision 1 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–10 Jared Vanderaa TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Fiziev July 9, 2022 3 3:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 15–10 Alexander Romanov Submission (keylock) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Vera April 30, 2022 1 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–9 Jake Collier Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Chikadze January 15, 2022 1 2:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–8 Parker Porter Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–7 Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Gastelum April 17, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–6 Ike Villanueva TKO (elbow and punches) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira May 13, 2020 2 0:49 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 14–6 Rashaun Jackson TKO (leg kick and punches) Island Fights 56 May 9, 2019 1 0:59 Orange Beach, Alabama, United States
Win 13–6 Jeremy May TKO (punches) Island Fights 52 February 7, 2019 1 3:18 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 12–6 Frank Tate TKO (punches) Island Fights 51 December 21, 2018 1 4:05 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 11–6 Augusto Sakai TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 3 4:03 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 11–5 Justin Willis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 11–4 Shamil Abdurakhimov KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 1 1:24 Shanghai, China
Win 11–3 Damian Grabowski Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win 10–3 Rashad Coulter KO (elbow) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 2 3:36 Dallas, Texas, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 9–3 Walt Harris KO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 2 2:41 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 9–2 Justin Ledet Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres August 6, 2016 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 9–1 Jack May TKO (leg injury) Titan FC 38 April 30, 2016 1 0:56 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 8–1 Sammy Collingwood KO (punches) Island Fights 37 March 11, 2016 1 1:03 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 7–1 Russ Johnson KO (punch) FFI: Blood and Sand 17 June 27, 2015 1 1:40 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 6–1 Brad Johnson TKO (punches) FFI: Blood and Sand 16 March 14, 2015 1 1:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 5–1 Alex Nicholson TKO (punches) Island Fights 31 December 5, 2014 1 N/A Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Wes Little TKO (punches) FFI: Blood and Sand 15 November 1, 2014 1 4:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–0 Alex Rozman TKO (leg kick) Island Fights 30 November 1, 2014 1 N/A Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Justin Thornton TKO (punches) Island Fights 28 May 9, 2014 1 1:01 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Chris Jensen TKO (punches) Atlas Fights: Battle on Mobile Bay April 12, 2014 1 0:11 Mobile, Alabama, United States
Win 1–0 Braxton Smith TKO (punches) V3 Fights: Johnson vs. Johnson January 18, 2014 1 2:08 Memphis, Tennessee, United States


Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 1 win 1 loss
By decision 1 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1–1 Joey Beltran Decision (unanimous) Bare Knuckle FC 9 November 16, 2019 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Lost the BKFC Heavyweight Championship & Police Gazette Heavyweight American Championship.
Win 1–0–1 Arnold Adams Decision (unanimous) Bare Knuckle FC 7 August 10, 2019 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won the BKFC Heavyweight Championship & Police Gazette Heavyweight American Championship.
Draw 0–0–1 Sam Shewmaker Draw (split) Bare Knuckle FC 5 April 6, 2019 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

See alsoEdit


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