Chase Sherman: 'My back's against the wall' in contract fight at UFC Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO – UFC Fight Night 137 represents the final bout on Chase Sherman’s current UFC contract. He’s currently on a two-fight losing skid and said he knows he must take a stand against Augusto Sakai to ensure he has a future in the promotion.

“It’s a big fight for me obviously,” Sherman told MMAjunkie. “Had two slip-ups before this one. Have to get the win. My back’s against the wall, so I’m coming out there with guns-a-blazing.”

Fortunately for Sherman (11-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who meets Sakai (11-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a heavyweight bout on the FS2-televised portion of Saturday’s preliminary card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and prior to the main card on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, he’s not a stranger to his current predicament.

Sherman opened his UFC career with consecutive losses and went into UFC 211 in May 2017 in the danger zone. He rebounded with a “Fight of the Night” performance and big win when the pressure was on, and he said he intends to rally back from adversity in a similar way this weekend.

“I’ve been in this position before,” Sherman said. “I lost my first two (UFC fights) then I went to Dallas (for UFC 211) and it was a must-win situation, got the ‘Fight of the Night,’ got the W, so I’ve been there before.”

Sherman’s experience will allow him to fight how he needs at UFC Fight Night 137, he said. He believes his six fights under the UFC banner will provide a huge advantage over a promotional newcomer in Sakai, and although there’s a possibility the bout could be his last in the octagon, Sherman said he knows the importance of not allowing that fact to weigh on him.

“If you start making the situation bigger than it is, ‘If I lose the fight I’m out of the job, how am I going to pay my bills? What am I going to do?’ That pressure really stacks up against you,” Sherman said. “I’m just going to put that behind me and go out there and fight.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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