(Kenny Florian makes the mistake of asking Sherk to help him move.)
Regardless of what you think about Sean Sherk, you have to admit that he’s right on in his description of the UFC’s 155-pound division in a new interview with Sam Caplan. The last time the lightweight title went up for grabs was in May, when Sherk decided to throw his wrestling out the window and try to kickbox his way to a victory over B.J. Penn. Turned out to be a bad idea.
Now here we are, six months later, with new contenders clawing their way up the ladder and the division’s champ focusing on a fight in an entirely different weight class. That’s fine for Penn, and for the suddenly superfight-happy UFC, but what about the rest of the 155’ers, asks Sherk:
With 155, it’s one of the most stacked weight classes right now and the unfortunate thing is that there is no one at the top of it defending the belt right now. There are a lot of guys fighting their way up to the top trying to get title shots and then once you get up to the top, you’re like, “Okay, so where’s the champion?”
You don’t even have anyone to fight so it’s kind of frustrating to me and it’s got to be frustrating to other guys because nobody really knows what’s going on right now. It just kind of sucks. I think if you’re going to be a champion for the weight class then you should stay at that weight class and defend the belt. If you go to a different weight class then the belt should be left behind and give somebody else an opportunity to fight for it.
Dana White says Penn is going to defend both titles if he successfully takes the welterweight strap from Georges St. Pierre in January, but it’s hard to see how that’s really a fix for this problem. Having one guy defend two titles just means that both titles get defended a little less often. This, too, would just kind of suck. Such is the siren’s song of the superfight between two champions from different weight classes. At least if GSP wins it will simplify things somewhat. Until he goes up to fight Anderson Silva.