D’Iberville’s Chase Sherman punches way up UFC ladder

Chase Sherman returns to Ultimate Fighting Championship action Saturday night.

The former D'Iberville High football star will face Damian Grabowski in a heavyweight fight at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. Their bout is part of a stacked undercard at UFC on FOX 25 that starts at 5 p.m. Middleweights Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum ‘s bout is the main event of the second card, which starts at 7 p.m.

Sherman will appear on the 5 p.m. telecast.

Sherman (10-3) was impressive in his last bout, a second-round stoppage of Rashad Coulter on May 13 at UFC 211. Sherman earned praise for taking the fight on short notice. He earned a $50,000 bonus for winning the bout.

“More people notice me now, but I don't really pay too much attention to that,” Sherman said. “It comes with the territory.”

Sherman, 27, hasn't abandoned his approach inside and outside the ring.

“My life since the last fight hasn't changed too much other than financially,” Sherman said. “It's no different really mentally. I still hang out with the same people. I still do the same things week in and week out.”

Grabowski (20-4) has lost three of his last four bouts, but Sherman isn't overlooking the Polish-born fighter.

“The strategy is a little different seeing how this guy is a grappler,” Sherman said. “I will have to be longer, ranger and be more cautious of the take down.”

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