Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series 32 fighter Sherrard “The Thriller” Blackledge.
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NAME: Sherrard Blackledge
NICKNAME: Sherrard “The Thriller” Blackledge
WEIGHT CLASS: Lightweight
AGE: 27 years old – 8/16/93
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11, 155
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Baltimore, MD
FIGHTING OUT OF: Las Vegas, NV
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
TRAINER: John Wood
STRENGTHS: Pressure, creativity, and Fight IQ
TRAINING: Train at Syndicate from 10:30am until 1pm, and strength and conditioning
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 4-0
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Thoughts on opponent, Cameron Church? I know he’s tough and likes to bang.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2015 because I wanted to try something different.
What ranks and titles have you held? I was ranked number 1 amateur in Nevada and number 1 at lightweight and number two at featherweight. I held three amateur titles – Tuff n Uff, WFC, and Real MMA
Do you have any heroes? No
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean everything to be able to compete at the highest level of my sport.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No
What was your job before you started fighting? A promotional model
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 8-1-1 record with three titles Ranks in any martial arts styles: Blue belt in jiu-jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Ground-and-Pound
Favorite Striking technique: Kickboxing
Twitter account name: sherrardb
Facebook account: SherrardBlackledge
Instagram account: sherrard_mma
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2018
- Two wins by KO
- One first-round finish
- Origin of nickname: “I got the nickname from my coach, Rich Grindle, because I was always dancing to Michael Jackson in the gym.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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