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Man sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for shooting death of Bellator fighter Isaiah Chapman – MMA Root



The man found guilty of the murder of Bellator fighter Isaiah Chapman was sentenced to 29 and a half years in prison.

Christopher Bluir, 30, pleaded guilty in May to felony charges of aggravated murder, murder with a firearm and assault with a firearm, in addition to the charge of concealing a weapon. He will not be eligible for parole until he has served his minimum sentence.

Chapman, who was 30, was shot dead on April 7, 2020 outside his home after Bluir ran into him. Bluir then shot him three more times as he fell to the ground, according to the Acron Beacon Journal. Chapman’s two daughters reportedly witnessed the crime.

“I don’t believe you’re a monster, Chris, but it was a heinous act,” Summit County Judge Alison McCarthy told Bluire during his sentencing hearing, Cleveland affiliate ABC News 5 reported.

Chapman’s friends and family appeared in court with victim statements. Bluir apologized and said he was under the influence of drugs when he committed the crime, according to News 5.

Prosecutors said Bluir was jealous of Chapman’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend and stalked him. On April 7, Bluir ran into Chapman outside the fighter’s house and shot him.

Chapman had a 9-4 professional MMA record and reportedly just signed a new contract to fight for Bellator; he debuted in the promotion in October 2019. The promotion, owned by ViacomCBS, expressed “our deepest and most sincere condolences” to the Chapman family and directed fans to GoFundMe, set up to pay for the funeral expenses.

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