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Man sentenced for murder of Akron MMA fighter Isaiah Chapman

Judge calls killing 'a monstrous act'
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Posted at 2:25 PM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 22:35:57-04

AKRON, Ohio — The man who shot and killed MMA fighter Isaiah Chapman was sentenced Friday afternoon.

Christopher Blouir, 30, was sentenced to 29.5 years to life by Summit County Judge Alison McCarty.

"I don't believe you're a monster, Chris, but this was a monstrous act," McCarty said to the defendant.

Blouir shot Chapman, 30, on April 7, 2020 outside of a home on Reed Avenue in Akron. Chapman died at Summa Akron City Hospital.

According to MMAMania.com, Chapman began his amateur career in 2010 and was a professional fighter for eight years.

Several family members cried as they made victim impact statements and remembered Chapman as a good man and a good father.

"It's hard talking to somebody face-to-face that destroyed your life, killed your baby and I want to ask him why," said Chapman's mother, Cassandra Wright. "I know my son is gone and I know I can't see him no more, can't talk to him no more."

Chapman's brother, Dory Bolden, said Blouir took his best friend.

"Man, why did you do it?" Bolden asked. "I don't know. I don't know. I don't know."

Prosecutors said jealousy over a woman resulted in Blouir murdering Chapman on the evening of April 7, 2020.

When given the chance to speak, Blouir apologized and said he was strung out on drugs at the time.

"I'm sorry for the pain I caused to your family for what I have done," Blouir said.

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Isaiah Chapman, the MMA fighter.

Chapman graduated from Kenmore High School where he was a wrestler. He was a father to three children.

According to family members and prosecutors, Chapman's two daughters witnessed part of the tragedy.

One of them, 13-year-old Faith Chapman, also addressed the court on Friday. She said her dad was nice, funny and loved to go to see new movies with the family.

"He also loved father-daughter dates. One month before he died was our last one. There was never a moment daddy didn't want to be with us," she said. "Because of Chris, I will never get to see my dad again, hug him, or even play a simple game with him."

According to his obituary, Chapman had several trophies and belts as a champion wrestler and MMA fighter.

"On the surface he was considered almost perfect, beautiful personality, humble demeanor and easy going. However, once in the octagon, Isaiah the beast would emerge," family members wrote.

In May, Blouir pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, one count of felonious assault and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

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