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Rebound Alert: Sean Sherk Draws Rafaello Oliveira for UFC 108

From Georges St. Pierre to BJ Penn to Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk has fought nothing but champions and top contenders during his current run in the UFC. But after his loss to Frank Edgar at UFC 98, the Muscle Shark may no longer be a top contender himself. And so, it’s time to rebuild. In an interview with wicombatsports.com, Sherk revealed that he’ll be returning to the Octagon at UFC 108 (January 2, Las Vegas) against Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira, the 9-2 BJ Penn training partner who lost his UFC debut to Nik Lentz at UFC 103. Coincidentally, Lentz is a training partner of Sherk at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. "He’s been able to give me some good advice on him," Sherk said.

For the former UFC lightweight champion, this is one of those matchups where you just have to swallow your pride and get the job done. Yes, Oliveira is "below" him; he’s 0-1 in the UFC, and has never beaten anybody with a name. On the other hand, Sherk looked completely ineffective in his last match — the fearsome wrestler has become a middling kickboxer — and he hasn’t finished a fight inside the Octagon since 2002. "Tractor" is obviously being set up to lose here. If Sherk wants to make a comeback, he’ll have to hold up his end of the deal, and do so in impressive fashion.

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exes.for.iballs- November 13, 2009 at 9:17 am
Who cares? Sherks fights are more boring than gsps.


I WANT TO SEE FIGHTS FINISHED AT 155!


Lol. Googs the man.
J-Dog- November 13, 2009 at 8:34 am
Goog's Sean Penn references crack me up
Goog- November 13, 2009 at 8:27 am
Sean Sherk? BJ Penn? Speaking of Sean Penn, he only ever finished one fight, too, in the movie "Bad Boys", though that was in a prison knife fight. Technically, also in a cage... so I have to wonder how he'd do in the UFC. Cutting weight would be a lot easier with the knife, I'll bet.

If they go ahead with Celebrity TUF, he should get a pass to the semi-finals.
Smitty- November 13, 2009 at 7:32 am
Gate keeper is right. Sean the muscle jerk, shark is finished. Like skeletor said, he can beat most of the 155 er's, but as long as baby fat is the champ, he doesn't stand a chance.
Pff I would destroy him- November 13, 2009 at 7:31 am
Sherk by blood letting elbows
Smackdaddiest1- November 13, 2009 at 7:29 am
Sherk is fighting Steve-O?
Merlin- November 13, 2009 at 7:28 am
I think Frank Edgar laid out the blue print for beating the Muscle Shark, Stick & Move with tons of head movement.
He still makes for exciting fights but as much of a fan as I am of Sherk I believe he has gone from contender to gate keeper.
blackboxmma- November 13, 2009 at 7:26 am
Cant wait for the Matt Hughes remach
Da Spied Her- November 13, 2009 at 7:06 am
Midget fighting at it's best!
skeletor- November 13, 2009 at 6:55 am
Sherk can last to a decision with most the better 155's in the UFC but he'll never be the champ again, barring some horrible plane crash where all the top contenders are aboard. These days I'd think Guida could outwrestle him, and outstrike him for sure. But he will beat this kid and the UFC will talk about how good he is and try to build him back up for name apeal alone.
UFC fan- November 13, 2009 at 6:39 am
Sean Sherk is a hasbeen he will never be what he was. He needs to get use to the idea that his steroid taking days and dominating are over, he is a curtain puller now for sure.
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