MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Question of the Day: Will Sean Sherk Stand and Bang with Frankie Edgar?

Sean Sherk’s last two fights against B.J. Penn and Tyson Griffin respectively have seen him trying to reinvent himself as more of a boxer than the one-dimensional wrestler we’ve come to know and tolerate.  But will he really stick with that approach against Frankie Edgar who, as you can see, has some decent hands of his own?  Current Vegas odds have Sherk as slightly better than a 2-1 favorite, which makes sense if you think about the way he’s outwrestled opponents like Hermes Franca and Kenny Florian, and then compare it to the way Edgar was flat out dominated on the mat by Gray Maynard.  

But if Sherk gets caught up trying to please the fans and placate the people who say he can’t finish fights and isn’t entertaining to watch, he’s rolling the dice.  So which Sherk will we see on Saturday — the boxer or the wrestler?  And will it matter?

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ColinL- May 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Some fighters are improving slowly, others are staying the same, and a few are rapidly gaining skill.

We haven't seen Edgar in almost a year so who knows which of these three he is. Problem is, if he hasn't made massive improvements he is in serious trouble against a much larger, stronger, and better stand-up in Sherk. Yeah, I said it. Did you watch Maynard vs Edgar? Maynard cannot outbox Sherk-- even though Maynard does have respectable single-punch power and a lot more reach, Maynard doesn't put together combinations well at all. Sherk does, and since Edgar also doesn't have much reach or utilize kicks, he'll be in Sherk's range all night.


It's 5oz gloves and anything can happen *cough Serra vs GSP v1.0* but barring a lucky shot this fight is easily Sherk's whether it happens on the ground or standing.
Cathedron- May 22, 2009 at 10:29 am
Yeah, Sherk doesn't adjust his gameplan lately. It's always tough for fighters who had one approach that always worked for years. I'll give this fight a 50/50. If Sherk decides to stand the whole time, he'll lose the decision. If he chooses to wrestle, he'll win the split decision.
Chinstroker- May 22, 2009 at 5:26 am
I really like Sherk, and his approach to training and nutrition, but his fight strategy against both Penn and Griffin was poor. And to not adjust it as those fights went on was pretty stupid. I'm really hoping that he brings the two lead elements of his game (good wrestling and improved-but-not-amazing-boxing) to this fight and is able to apply as much intelligence to his strategy, and modify it as the fight progresses, as he does to his intense training.

Otherwise it could be yet another waste of time watching a boring fight where nothing actually decisive happens and someone eeks out a decision, and Sherk moves another step closer to obscurity.
ArmFarmer- May 22, 2009 at 4:17 am
I agree pickle, no freaking idea what Sherk was thinking fighting Penn the way he did. Ok so you spent the first two rounds getting picked apart and barely landing any shots, your biggest strength is wrestilng anyway, so the logical thing to do is... continue trying to box and getting your ass kicked? I couldn't believe he did that, he might have actually won if he went with his bread and butter and wore him out with high paced wrestling. Sure as hell worked for gsp.
Fuckyerfrat- May 22, 2009 at 12:12 am
let's just hope a drug free and entertaining sherk shows up to get fucked up by edgar.
just some dong- May 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm
That's crazy if Sherk is a 2-1 fav. I could see this one going either way. Sherk seems like the bigger dog, but he's older too, and speed kills.
PurplePickle- May 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm
There is a good point made on Sherdog about how Sherk and Edgar are on opposite sides of the LW division. Sherk may be too big for Edgar.
Sherk has taken an ass load of punishment from some of the best, and alot of that was as a welterweight.
The one thing that should change from the Penn fight for Sherk, is that sticking to a failing game plan the entire fight should not be repeated. Stand and bang, but be ready to wrestle instead of hoping your weak boxing evolves midfight (although nothing seemed to work on Penn).
In the end, I think Sherk out muscles Edgar on their feet and on the ground for the unaminous decision.
ArmFarmer- May 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm
The subject of this article is exactly why I didn't put big money on sherk like I was going to. I was going to, but then I watched sherk vs griffen followed by edgar vs griffin. Watch those 2 fights and tell me you're so sure. Sherk COULD dominate the hell out of edgar and he wouldn't stand a chance IF Sherk stuck to his roots and outwrestled him. If he tries to strike the whole fight it could go either way. Edgar is really good at mixing good strikes with awesome wrestling as well. Sherk seems to mostly do one or the other.
NateGetsIrate- May 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm
"So which Sherk will we see on Saturday -- the boxer or the wrestler? And will it matter?"

So when you ask "will it matter?" are you trying to say that no matter where Sherk brings it, he's gonna stomp Edgar out like a campfire?
NECROPHYTE- May 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Sherk is bored with wrestling, boy wants to stand n bang! Let him!!!
Harry Russo- May 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm
Sherk has an iron chin, Frankie might not have enough power in his punches.
Poo Flinger- May 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm
I hope we see Sherk the boxer. That way we can watch Edgar pound his face in.
LowelltheHammer- May 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Someone needs to tell these wrestlers that they aren't all Rashad Evans and they won't all develop great striking skills.

If Sherk tries to turn the match into a stand-up fight rather than using his strikes to set up his shots he's eventually going to get Koscheck'd.
HAL_13- May 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm
YEAH YOUR PROBABLY RIGHT. EDGAR IS VERY GOOD BUT I'M JUST GONNA HAVE TO GO WITH SHERK ON THIS ONE. SOMETHING ABOUT HIS POWER, AND HAND SPEED THAT TELLS ME HE WILL WIN THE STAND UP. I DON'T SEE SHERK DOING WORTH A SHIT ON THE GROUND THOUGH.
CZ- May 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Gotta whole heartedly disagree, thats the same thought process that allows people to spew sentiments like "Frank Mir is going to beat the shit out of Brock Lesnar just like last time." Edgar is a beast, dont sleep.... Not taking away from Sherk in any way. But Sherk's synthetic ass is going to have more difficulty than one may think
HAL_13- May 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm
SHERK WILL BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF FRANKIE IN THE STAND UP. THIS WON'T EVEN BE A CLOSE FIGHT.
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