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18th Dec 2017

UFC heavyweight’s bet backfired hilariously

He may have signed his own death warrant

Ben Kiely

Chase Sherman let his confidence get the better of him on Sunday morning.

In Chase Sherman’s defence, the vast majority of fans predicted that the Winnipeg welterweight clash between Mike Perry and Santiago Ponzinibbio would end in a KO of some kind.

Both fighters are known for being sluggers who pay more heed to hurting their opponents than defending themselves. Also, they both entered into this contest off the back of first-round knockout victories. So, on the face of it, it looked like it was destined to not go the distance.

However, the harsh lesson that always rears its ugly head in the gambling world is there’s no such thing as a ‘sure thing’. This is especially true in MMA, which is known for being one of the most unpredictable sports in the world.


Sure enough, a fire-fight ensued between the two power punchers. However, a couple of things happened that made the fight go longer than many expected.

Firstly, Ponzinibbio was very respectful of Perry’s power in the opening round, which prompted him to take a step back and not be as aggressive early on. Secondly, Perry’s granite chin really held up.

No knockout was scored, nor was there a TKO. Instead, Ponzinibbio earned himself a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over ‘Platinum’.

This means that not long after Shamil Abdurakhimov rung his bell in Shanghai, Sherman has to give the most terrifying knockout artist in the world one free shot.

For the uneducated, here’s what Francis Ngannou can do to elite martial artists when he swings those cinder-blocks he calls fists.

Pray for Chase.