It didn’t have to be pretty but Parker Porter got the job done with a punishing performance at UFC Vegas 34.
Constantly moving forward and delivering punches in bunches, Porter got the better of Chase Sherman in nearly every exchange to win a unanimous decision in a true heavyweight slugfest. The judges scored the contest 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 as Porter wins his second straight fight in the UFC.
“After my takedowns weren’t working, the idea was just to push the pace, chop that leg,” Porter said about his strategy to get the win. “I got these big strong legs with heavy leg kicks. Took away some of his mobility and I could dance around a little more.”
There wasn’t much set up from Porter in the early going as he rushed forward with big, heavy punches but Sherman was quick to duck and move out of the way while returning fire with some seriously effective counter strikes. Sherman was also throwing some hard calf-kicks but Porter refused to back down as he just kept coming forward, searching for the knockout.
Porter’s strategy started to pay off after unleashing a stiff combination that finally put Herman on his heels without the ability to return fire. Towards the end of the opening round, Porter secured a takedown and stayed there until the horn sounded as he looked to shift the momentum into his favor.
The second round saw Porter and Sherman just start slugging it out without a ton of technique but a whole lot of power as they were throwing heat seeking missiles at each other. While Porter was still connecting with the harder shots to the head, Sherman was still landing some stiff kicks to the calf in order to slow down his bigger opponent.
While Porter was still active, it appeared momentarily like perhaps he was beginning to slow down but then he just cranked up his output yet again as he started really putting punches into Sherman’s face. Porter was just non-stop with his offense as he was simply outlanding Sherman, who just couldn’t match his pace over 15 minutes.
When the fight ended, Porter had blood smeared across his face but he held his hands high in victory as he did more than enough over three rounds to deserve the nod.
After suffering a loss in his octagon debut, Porter has now bounced back with two wins in a row as he proves to be another prospect to watch in the heavyweight division.