Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo, Brazil was a huge card and also a huge success. The card featured as many as 14 fights, being the second most fight populated card in the history after UFC 2 which had 15 fights.
One of them featured a heavyweight slugfest as Contender Series prospect Augusto Sakai (12-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) defeated heavyweight division staple Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman (11-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) via TKO in the third round.
The fight did lasted more than what many people could have thought keeping in mind these powerful heavyweights, however another element many thought lasted long was the stoppage. A late stoppage by referee Marc Goddard may have given Sakai an opportunity to drop more bombs. With Sherman known for his bold personality on social media and things he said during the build up of this particular fight, Sakai feels Sherman deserved that kind of extra punishment.
“I don’t think (it was a late stoppage),” Sakai said after the fight. “Because of all (Sherman) said, he deserved that beating at the end. But the ref told him to move and even when he was a bit groggy, a bit defenseless, he moved. So I think it was correct.”