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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Sean Sherk still wants to fight in the UFC, thinks he's still a top lightweight

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has not fought since 2010. Injuries have slowed down his career significantly, but that hasn't stopped The Muscle Shark from wanting to fight again.

We haven't heard too much about former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, probably because he's seemingly never healthy thus unavailable to fight. Sherk talked to MMA Weekly about how he's been and why he's been out of the limelight:

"Iíve just been injured. Iíve got some injuries that need surgery, and I really donít want to have surgery. Iíve had surgery several times in the past, and the whole recovery process, I donít like it. I donít like the down time, the three to four months of getting back to 100-percent; I donít like that. Iím trying to get myself healthy without having any kind of surgery," Sherk said in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio.

Sherk last fought in September 2010 at UFC 119 against Evan Dunham (as you see in the picture above), winning a highly controversial split decision but uncontroversially earning Fight of the Night honors. Since B.J. Penn soundly defeated him at UFC 84, Sherk has fought just three times, winning against Tyson Griffin and the aforementioned Dunham, and losing to Frankie Edgar.

As far as his health goes, Sherk had this to say:

"I mean I feel pretty good. Iíd say Iím probably 85-percent, which is pretty good, considering."

The 39-year-old has only lost twice at lightweight and twice at welterweight, but lightweight has been his home for much of his career since the UFC reinstated the division, and despite his inactivity and age, he still believes he's a top 155er.

"I still think Iím a top lightweight even though I havenít fought in two years. I think you can throw me in there against the No. 1 guy, and Iím going to give that dude hell, if not beat him. I donít think anyone in the weight class is going to walk through me or look at me as being an easy fight. Iíve been beaten four times in 11 years, and I think that speaks for itself," said Sherk.

If Sherk does fight again it'll be interesting to see if he does get a top lightweight, a gatekeeper like Jacob Volkmann or a prospect like Paul Sass or Michael Johnson.
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always wondered what was going on with the guy. too bad he is so old or coming back might make sense

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No. Just no. Sherk is a strong guy no question about that but he would get destroyed by the likes of Ben Henderson.

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Another strong wrestler who decided striking was awsome
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If he could stay healthy, sure.

Afterall, his only losses are to the very best, but I think with the time off he's had, it's over for him, shame to.

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If he got healthy he would be a great gatekeeper to a title shot.

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I'm the biggest Sherk fan probably, but he is not a top 10 LW anymore. If he stayed healthy, and used his wrestling again then yeah he could hvae a few great fights left in him.

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If he promised to use his wrestling again, I'd love to see him. He is a solid test for anyone. But if he tries to be a T-rex boxer again, then pass. While the guy actually knows how to use a jab, he gives up the reach advantage to everyone so it is useless.
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haha yeah, t-rex boxer.
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Glad to have him back! Always exciting to watch, doesn't matter if he will ever get a title shot.
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