Thursday, April 19, 2018

UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman got knocked out in 84 seconds by Shamil Abdurakhimov in his last fight, at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25, 2017. In a conversation with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight at UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday night vs. Justin Willis, ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ offered an explanation.

“You’ve got to go out there in that flow state of mind, because thinking will get you killed,” said Sherman as transcribed by Steven Marrocco and John Morgan for MMAjunkie.

“Because this is a game of centimeters, of split-second decisions, and you’ve got to be able to go out there and do the things that you trained, and trust in the training and trust in the repetition, and not think. Just react. I think I was thinking a little too much the last fight. I wasn’t coming out there and moving and bouncing around like I wanted to, so that’s what got me caught.”

The AKA product Willis is 30, and on a six-fight win streak in a division short of streaks. Sherman is concerned that his opponent may fight to win, not fight to excite.

“I’m the type of fighter, I like to take it to those dark places,” said Sherman. “Let’s see what it’s about. Let’s leave it out there and see who’s left standing when there’s nothing left in the tank. Those are the fights I live for. We’ll see what it’s all about, if he’s ready to go to that realm or not.”

“People always ask me, ‘How do you think this fight’s going to go?’ I don’t really care, man. I’m going out there to put on a show. That’s all I care about. Because if you worry about wins and losses, it’s going to show. That’s when you start thinking.”