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Sean Sherk Accurately Sums Up UFC Lightweight Division Title Scenario: “It Just Kind of Sucks”

(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.


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Anonymous- December 31, 2008 at 4:50 am
kenny florian cant stand with bj but he does have the technical advantage of being smarter and he will sub blowjob penn!!!!
Minnesota Madman- November 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm
I'm not sure if Sherk could even fight anytime soon, I saw him at the bar last night and he was walking like he got hit by a truck
Emos Sux- November 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm
Sherk is just being emo.... and I hate emo...
Butthead- November 26, 2008 at 10:23 am
Oh yeah that canadian puke is going down...
Butthead- November 26, 2008 at 10:20 am
Sean Sherk is a whining little cheater, that if he wouldn't have done steroids he wouldn't be in this position. Plus he had his chance and blew it..... i guess the steroids did make a difference! FAG!
Blaphtome- November 26, 2008 at 9:32 am
There is no one currently at 155 who is on BJ's level. This dude has beaten, Matt Hughes, Gomi, Uno, Sherk, Ludwig, Serra, has fought Machida to a decision, and would have handed GSP his ass last time with better conditioning. I'm no nuthugger, but these are the facts. I believe Kenflo does not bitch about the situation, because he is aware of his own need to develope further as a fighter before facing BJ. That said, I don't think BJ will be facing the same GSP as last time either. This will be a great fight.
newotnek- November 26, 2008 at 9:18 am
Yeah, Sherk knows hard work... if by hard work you mean roids.
ruckus- November 26, 2008 at 8:20 am
If all a fighter has to do is grab the fence once to "turn the momentum" of a fight then he was probably going to win anyways... unless you're suggesting that Joe Daddy is such a beast that all he needs is one take down to win a fight...

Don't hate... K Flo beat him up, then subbed him.
jesus frijoles- November 26, 2008 at 6:12 am
GSP is going to effing destroy BJ. I predict a world class ass kicking.BJ will then move back down and hand Florian the defeat he has been fighting for.As for Sherk....who cares?
jesus frijoles- November 26, 2008 at 6:10 am
This is all a moot point, GSPis going to put a world class ass kicking on BJ. I also agree....BJ vs Florian=mehhhh.
DuBTercel- November 26, 2008 at 4:54 am
For all of you complaining about Sherk I went to a seminar with him about 2 weeks ago and I asked him who he wanted to fight next and he said that he wanted to fight the winner of florian/stevenson NOT BJ Penn. IMO that seems like a legitimate fight. Of course he wants to fight for the championship again, he WAS the champion, how can you fault him for wanting a chance to get his belt back...
Anonymous- November 26, 2008 at 2:59 am
Hold on guys I think I can explain this one to Sherkroids
BJ Penn vs GSP = cool
BJ Penn vs Sean Sherk= Meh
BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian= MEHHH
England Rules- November 26, 2008 at 12:41 am
Said ages ago it wont work because both titles would only be defended twice a year..
dude- November 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm
If Penn beats GSP I think he should give up the 155 belt and the UFC should have Florian and Sherk fight for the belt. But I don't see Penn beating GSP so forget what I just said.
Dex- November 25, 2008 at 9:36 pm
I don't think you should have to vacate your title to fight in another weight class, but if you atcually win a title in another weight class you should have to vatate it at that point.

Also, if the UFC let's BJ or anyone else hold 2 titles it should be w/ the caveat that they will be figthing every 2 or 3 months min.

Maud- November 25, 2008 at 7:48 pm
Sherk better check his tone.
Canadian Buddha- November 25, 2008 at 7:18 pm
MMA rule #1
as a title holder YOU MUST defend your belt a minimum of 4 times a year or 'No Belt for You'

MMA rule #2
you must fight WHOMEVER they match you with, regardless if it's your buddy, your team mate or Lover, you can kiss and make up later while counting your cash!

MMA rule #3
Pay your fighters right after the bout (hear that Dream!)

MMA rule #4
Stop hyping fights that have happened 3 or 4 times previously, give someone else a chance at recognition and greatness!

MMA rule #5
a ranking system that involves EVERY organization regardless of how many fighters you have in your stable!

MMA rule #6
Cross Promotion between ALL organizations is a MUST, why you ask....
for the fans..remember those people that buy your merchandise and PPV's, ya those people who have bought your expensive clothes, big houses and Ferraris/Porches/Lambos and have allowed your business' to be as successful as they are
rh- November 25, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Five reasons why Sean Sherk should shut the fuck up:
He went 10 months between Florian and Franca, and it's has only been 5 before he starts whining.

His boss, who loves both superfights and a crap reality TV show so much that he couldn't care less about title schedules anyway...he should be whining to Dana, not Caplan. Although Caplan can usually be found with his head up Dana's ass, so maybe that's not too far off.

He's never going to beat BJ and he wouldn't even beat Florian again, so he's aching to hurry up and get his ass handed to him again.

He has more fucking cans in his 33-3-1 record than a fucking grocery store...can you say Lee King? Joel Blanton?

and finally, he's a fucking cheater, so who gives a shit what he has to say, unless he finally admits to juicing and apologizes?
just some dong- November 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

penn actually has defended his belt - he was already the champ when he fought sherk.

i think it's interesting that kenny gets the title shot next tho, considering he was dominated by sherk when they fought. i think they should fight again to see who the #1 really is. they've got to wait for the outcome of 94 anyway. plus sherk could have been taking 'roids last time... i'd like to see if he can beat kenny without performance enhancers. but it should be a free fight night event or something. maybe a 94 undercard fight.
just some dong- November 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm

penn actually has defended his belt - he was already the champ when he fought sherk.

i think it's interesting that kenny gets the title shot next tho, considering he was dominated by sherk when they fought. i think they should fight again to see who the #1 really is. they've got to wait for the outcome of 94 anyway. plus sherk could have been taking 'roids last time... i'd like to see if he can beat kenny without performance enhancers. but it should be a free fight night event or something. maybe a 94 undercard fight.
bigfoot- November 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm
it is what it is man. If 155'ers gotta wait their turn then so be it. Penn is an acceptional fighter in an acceptional situation fighting a guy like GSP for the title. This doent happen to many guys already holding titles in other weight classes. Im sure Thiago Alves is chompping at the bit to fight GSP but he's gotta take a back seat to BJ Penn. Im not sure if this article was really cage potato worthy, infact its just kind of reinforcing the odvious " this sucks, bj penn is fighting another guy in another weight class and now it prolongs other 155'ers making their way up the food chain..." waa waa. Things will probably go back to normal when GSP defeats Penn. Penn can then focus on title challangers in the light weights.
shiki31- November 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm
also, sherk's "win" over griffin was questionable. i'm surprised more people didn't see that "win" as controversial...i really honestly thought griffin won. in any case, sherk isn't the number 1 contender so he should just sit back and shut up. he had his chance to beat bj and he got his ass handed to him. so shut up and wait your turn before you get another flying knee in your grill. bitch.
shiki31- November 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm
and bj beat sherk up so don't hate on him either.
ChinBo- November 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm
Sherk should keep his mouth shut and stop whining. He had his chance not so long ago and basically blew it so bad that no one ever wants to see him fight BJ again cause they know what is going to happen.

KenFlo is the only person right now that gets to complain about BJ fighting GSP. Because he is the only one that actually deserves a title shot. I

m sorry but Sherk's decision win over Tyson Griffin impressed no one. ( I mean a win is always impressive but he showed nothing different from his last fights, BJ would kill him again)
Gunny- November 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm
Screw Sherk. He has no business discussing it until he is the #1 contender. He had his shot and got destroyed, end of story, and end of your right to shoot off your mouth about it. The only one with that right is KenFlo and he is happy being a company man. KenFlo will get it all back in spades, Dana knows he could be crying but isn't, he even defended his #1 status very convincingly. Good for KenFlo, it shows his true colors and Dana tends to take care of guys who just do their job whether they see the bigger picture or not (which KF does). He'll get his shot.

As others have said, everyone wants to see BJ destroy GSP. No one cares about the lay and pray has been Sherk anymore, all he wants is some publicity. He is gonna end up going the way of Huerta if he isn't careful. And I don't mean boning Arianna Celeste either...