A fight several years in the making will headline UFC Vegas 24 on April 17. Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will finally meet Kelvin Gastelum inside the octagon.
The two men were originally slated to meet at UFC 234 in Australia approximately two years ago but the fight was canceled on short notice as Whittaker would need to undergo emergency surgery.
In a heavyweight clash, former UFC undisputed heavyweight champion and future hall-of-Famer Andrei Arlovski takes on Chase “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sherman.
“The Pitbull” Arlovski enters this bout as the experienced veteran, looking to get back in the win column following a first-round submission defeat at the hands of Tom Aspinall in February.
Sherman comes into this bout looking to make it two in a row. Following a second-round stoppage over Ike Villanueva, Sherman hopes to have his youth and strength dictate the pace of this heavyweight scrap against the living legend, Andrei Arlovski.
Here’s how the heavyweight matchup between Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and Chase “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sherman went down at UFC Vegas 24 including round by round results. For live event results, click here!
The opening stanza starts with a short feeling out process. Sherman pumps his jab early and Arlovski opens his strikes up only to slam into a hard punch from Sherman. Arlovski goes forward switching from head to body. Shermer is more active earlier in the bout chasing with Arlovski counter-striking. Arlovski starts finding a home for his punches. Sherman stays aggressive, landing his left hook over Arlovski’s straight dominant right hand. Sherman is doing a beautiful job keeping Arlovski guessing. Head kick upstairs from Arlovski and he opens up his attack. Sherman lands a flush punch to the chin admits the scuffle and Arlovski is wobbled. Sherman stays composed but tries to finish him before the round expires and couldn’t.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for. Chase Sherman. 10-9
Arlovski touches the body early and lands a hard overhand right. Sherman gets right back, landing on the seasoned veteran, Arlovski. A brief clash in the center of the cage from both fighters while they’re coming forward. Sherman lands a low kick forcing Arlovski to switch stances in his effective footwork. Arlovski continues his activity on his heels as Sherman chases him. Both fighters go back and forth impressively with their output, nor backing down an inch. Arlovski presses Sherman up against the fence. Arlovski backs off landing a shot to the head as he gets back to chopping Sherman’s legs with his brutalizing leg and calf kicks.
MyMMANews scores round 2 for Andrei Arlovski. 10-9
Sherman lands a one-two combination upstairs from the gate. Arlovski returns with a leg kick and pops his jab out. Arlovski attack the legs again making Sherman look more and more fatigued with each strike he absorbs. An accidental low blow from Sherman calls for a brief halt. The fight resumes and both fighters trade punches upstairs. The heavyweight pair exchange leg kicks mid-round and lay it all on the line for the final two minutes, methodically timing their strikes to clash in the middle. Both are lading and receiving their fair share of punishment. However, with under a minute to go, Arlovski is still active in throwing, moving, and showing his experience as he glides his way out of danger for the remaining few moments.
MyMMANews scores round 3 for Andrei Arlovski. 10-9
Official result: Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski defeats Chase Sherman via unanimous decision. (29-28), (29-28), (29-28)