Parker Porter

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/1/2021
Out for UFC Vegas 24
HeavyweightUFC
Out
April 7, 2021
Porter won't fight against Chase Sherman at UFC Vegas 24 on April 17 for undisclosed reasons, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Andrei Arlovski will take Porter's place in the fight against Sherman. It's unclear how long Porter will be out until he's ready to re-enter the Octagon.
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Facing Chase Sherman
HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 29, 2021
Porter will take on Chase Sherman on April 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter was handed a six-month medical suspension after defeating Josh Parisian by unanimous decision in November, but he's evidently been cleared to return before that period is up. That victory improved his record to 1-1 with the UFC. His opponent, Sherman, opened his second stint with the promotion with a second-round TKO victory over Isaac Villanueva in May.
Facing six-month suspension
HeavyweightUFC
Out
December 1, 2020
Porter must have his left hand X-rayed and cleared by a doctor or he will have to face a six-month suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter is coming off a unanimous decision win over Josh Parisian on Saturday. If he is unable to get doctors clearance, Porter will not be able to fight again until after May 28, 2021.
Outlasts Josh Parisian for upset
HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 28, 2020
Porter defeated Josh Parisian via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Porter kept the pressure coming in a fast-paced first round, but ate his fair share of damage as well, including a spinning backfist. Early in the second, Porter kicked Parisian's legs out and pounced on his opponent in search of the choke, but the fight eventually got back to the feet. The big men were both exhausted by the midway point of Round 2. Porter pressed through and got a takedown, landing a few short elbows before attempting a keylock from half guard. Porter eventually gave up and went to the hammer fists, racking up some control time before the two got back to their feet to end the frame. With both fighters even more exhausted entering Round 3, Porter absorbed a low blow early, but intelligently didn't take much time to recover. He continued to piece together combinations, and referee Mark Smith even warned his opponent to fight back. This continued for the rest of the round with Porter starting to pull away on the scorecards. While Porter dropped a short-notice debut to Chris Daukaus, he looked much better here with a full camp. There's limited upside here at the age of 35, so the UFC needs to test him quickly to see what it has here.
Scheduled for second UFC bout
HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 21, 2020
Porter is set to face Josh Parisian in a heavyweight matchup on the UFC's Nov. 28 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter fell flat in his UFC debut versus Chris Daukaus last Saturday, failing to make it through the first round of the bout. He will aim for a better showing in November, taking on a debutant in Parisian, who sports a four-inch advantage in both height and reach and is coming off of six straight wins in various promotions. Porter struggled with the speed of a smaller heavyweight in his debut, but that won't necessarily be the case here, as both men push the edge of the heavyweight limit on the scales.
Not competitive in UFC debut
HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 15, 2020
Porter lost to Chris Daukaus via TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of Round 1 at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Making his UFC debut at age 35, Porter didn't look great in his first opportunity with MMA's top promotion. His footwork was non-existent, and his offense consisted of massive right hands which were significantly telegraphed. Porter managed to eat some big shots from Daukaus before one perfectly-placed combination turned the lights out. There simply isn't much here. Somehow, Porter actually fought Jon Jones back in June 2008 in Wilmington, Massachusetts. "Bones" won via knockout in 36 seconds.