In 2016, Chase Sherman made his first walk to the UFC octagon. Now almost four years later, he made his eighth UFC appearance on Wednesday night at UFC on ESPN+ 29.
Sherman’s fight on Wednesday was bit different than his previous seven UFC fights. In 2018, he was cut from the roster after posting a 2-5 UFC record. After being cut, he fought in the Island Fights promotion as well as Bare Knuckle FC. Now, that’s all behind him, as he starts a band new UFC career.
“We’re here it [the past] don’t matter,” Sherman said in his post fight press conference. “I could feel the love all the way back in Mississippi. There doesn’t need to be a soul in that seat. We’re here.”
Sherman made the best of his return to the UFC by picking up a second-round TKO win over Ike Villanueva. The return to the UFC was unique for Sherman, not only because there was no crowed in attendance, but because he only had few days to prepare for his return to the largest promotion in mixed martial arts.
“I got the call six days ago,” Sherman said. “I only had a few days to work at the fire station, do my sports performing training with my athletes, train myself, do the USADA bull crap, renew the UFC contracts and do my eye exam, blood work and do my physical.”
Now that Sherman is back in the UFC, he has a new outlook on his career and plans to do what’s best in order for him to succeed.
“Completely different approach this time,” Sherman noted. “I’m not taking anymore short notice fights. I’m going to buckle down and train like I need to. I’m not going to worry about being a company, I’m going to take of myself.”