Arlovski outlasts Sherman to earn twentieth UFC win

The main card at UFC Vegas 24 offered a heavyweight striker’s delight between 34-fight UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski and Chase Sherman. In his second bout back from competing for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. The bout was also moved up to the events co-main event after the original fight in that spot between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose fell through at the last minute.

Sherman controlled the center throughout the first round and was the aggressor, while “The Pit Bull” tried to play keep away. “Vanilla Gorilla” looked to be the fast fighter and landed some good counters when Arlovski threw combos. There was some solid trading during the round, but the standout moment was Sherman stunning his opponent with a minute left. Forcing the longtime vet into survival mode.

The second round was not an action packed affair, but both men were active and landed their share of shots. Neither had a moment that could clearly swing the round in their favor, but Arlovski did land a nasty calf kick with around 30-seconds left that hurt Sherman and caused him to limp soon after. He went on to tell his corner in between rounds that he was unable to plant on the leg.

The injured leg affected Sherman early in the third, but he seemed to find a well of anger to push him ahead and chase, as Arlovski used a hit-and-run strategy. It was similar to the second in being a close round without defining moments, but solid activity from both. On the surface, Arlovski seemed to be landing more, but his desire to ride his bike often and play defense was risky.

In the end, the veteran’s tactics paid off and Arlovski earned his twentieth Octagon victory by unanimous decision. It’s was a bounce-back victory after the 42-year-old was submitted for just the second time in his career by Tom Aspinall in February. The win also tied him with Michael Bisping for fourth all-time in UFC victories. The loss ends a four-fight MMA winning streak for Mississippi native Sherman.

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