Mixed Martial Arts: Plano East Alum Falls Short in Ufc Debut in Wild Brawl

Matt Welch mwelch@starlocalmedia.com

DALLAS — Plano East alum Rashad Coulter did more than enough to win over the near-sold out crowd at the American Airlines Center on Saturday in his UFC debut.

It just wasn’t enough to ensure that his hand was raised in victory.

The former Panther suffered a second-round technical knockout loss to Chase Sherman in a heavyweight fight on the preliminary card of UFC 211: Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2.

Coulter, who was making his UFC on just two weeks notice after filling in as an injury replacement, dropped to 8-2 as a mixed martial artist — suffering his first loss since March 2013. Prior, he had won five consecutive fights, all by knockout or TKO.

The setback wasn’t for a lack of effort or toughness, as Coulter and Sherman staged a wild brawl that had the Dallas crowd roaring. Coulter’s best weapon was his right hand, landing numerous overhand strikes on Sherman and at one point dazing his opponent midway through the second round.

However, Sherman’s barrage of volume striking proved too much, cornering Coulter against the cage before landing a hard right elbow that dropped the East alum for a TKO win 3:36 into the second stanza.

Coulter rallied through some serious damage to his left leg, wobbled on numerous occasions by a series of right leg kicks by Sherman, including one that set up a flurry of strikes that dropped Coulter early in the second round.

An exhausted Coulter recovered and the two heavyweights traded wild, looping strikes for the bout’s duration until Sherman dealt the decisive blow.

Despite the loss, Coulter received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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