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A pair of struggling fighters clash in the Heavyweight division, as Jared Vanderaa takes on Chase Sherman. A loser of three straight and four of the last five, Vanderaa comes into this fight with his UFC tenure hanging in the balance. Given an opportunity after a third straight loss is a gift enough, but being on the main card is a huge chance for Vanderaa to prove he belongs under the bright lights. Meanwhile, Sherman is flirting with another UFC exile. Technically on his thirst stint in the UFC, Sherman will have to halt a four-fight skid. Having never really found his footing inside the octagon, Sherman is sporting a disastrous 3-9 record with the promotion. With one more chance presented to turn things around, Sherman urgently needs to win.
This is an utter crapshoot, as both men are at the bottom of the barrel in the Heavyweight division. If anything is certain, given both men are strikers, this fight should take place for the majority of the time on the feet. When analyzing both men, Sherman appears to have an output and power edge. Neither man is particularly durable, but Vanderaa has the better chin of the two. He also has the better cardio, as Sherman is known to fade as the fight wanes on. In what I anticipate to be anyone’s fight to win, I’ll go with Vanderaa knowing that if he wins any of the first two rounds, he should be able to nab round three. So with that said, I predict Vanderaa to win via decision.