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Sean Sherk Hoping for Spring Return; Anticipates Three or Four More Fights Before Retiring

(“As soon as I get this pesky bleeding stopped, I’ll return to the cage.”)

Sean Sherk was on MMAJunkie Radio on Monday and the 38-year-old former UFC lightweight champ revealed that he only has a handful of fights left in him.

“I want to fight again. I’m a fighter. At this point in time, do I plan on fighting five or six more times? Probably not, to be honest with you. That’s why I want big fights. I want co-main-event or main-event type fights that are going to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame,” Sherk says. “Absolutely, I think at this point in time, I’ve done enough to be a hall of famer, but I’d like a few more fights to make my mark.”

Sherk, who says that nagging injuries have kept him out of the cage for the better part of the past two years says that the game has changed and as a result competing while hurt is something that you can’t get away with anymore.

“I wanted to fight last year but I had the same issues that held me out of the Octagon for 18 months. It’s just injuries. It’s injuries piling up.I fought too many times in the last five or six years with serious injuries. I don’t feel the need at this point to fight injured. When you’re fighting and not 100 percent, it’s not a fun thing. It’s not something fun to go through. It’s not fun going through training camp when you need surgery,” he explains. “The guys are getting younger, and the guys are getting faster, and they’re getting tougher, more explosive. Their coaches are getting better. The sport isn’t what it was five or 10 years ago. It’s 100 percent changed. If I want to stay on top of the heap, I’ve got to stay on top of everything – staying healthy in training, my diet, my conditioning.”

As far as his UFC Hall of Fame aspirations go, “The Muscle Shark,” who is 36-4-1 in 41 MMA bouts, believes he is a strong candidate for a spot alongside Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman and Charles “Mask” Lewis.

“I fought for the world title in two different weight classes. I was number one or number two in two different weight classes in the world,” he points out. “I won a world title. I defended a world title. I think I’ve done enough to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame. Most guys in the Hall of Fame right now didn’t accomplish what I’ve accomplished. So I feel like I deserve that.”

I think “most is a bit of an overstatement, Sean.

Randy won titles in two weight classes. Chuck defended his belt four times and beat a who’s who of light heavyweights in his career. Royce is Royce. Dan Severn won UFC 5, Ultimate Ultimate and a superfight with Ken Shamrock for a strap. Shamrock fought to a draw with Royce and Oleg Taktarov and submitted Bas Rutten and Severn. Coleman won UFC 10, UFC 11 and the 2000 PRIDE grand prix. Hughes is the UFC champ with the second most successful title defenses behind Anderson Silva.

Sherk decisioned Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian and Hermes Franca — the latter of which should have been changed to a “no contest” after he failed a post-fight drug test.

The only HOF’er he did more than in the Octagon is Mask, who never fought. By that reasoning, there should be a lot of future Hall of Famers waiting in line including Kalib Starnes and Danny Abbadi.

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XENOPHON- January 11, 2012 at 10:33 am
Hall of Fame? When a fighter tests positive, as Sherk has tested positive for Nandrolone - isn't that called the Hall of Shame?
. January 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm January 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm
For me Sherk doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame.
Yazloz18- January 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm
Oh and I can get away with this here. Mask was a good guy who helped bring MMA to the mainstream and helped a lot of young and up and comers but the fact remains that when he had his "accident" he was street racing at 100+ mph. That doesn't make him less of a good guy but I hate the way the UFC portrays his death as a tragedy. And they need to get over it. At one point Dana threatened to pull them as sponsors because they offered Fedor an endorsement deal. Also the two guys left are nothing more than complete douches who contribute nothing to the current sport of MMA.
Yazloz18- January 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm
The UFC HOF, aka Dana's kiss asses. Thats why Tito and Frank Shamrock will never get in. Its a sham. That aside Sherk doesn't have the merits to get in even if it wasn't a joke. He can deny it up and down but he pissed hot, he is a cheater, and in my book he doesn't deserve it
frndlylion- January 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm
I would put Sherk in the hall of fame under the category. "Most blood lost in a victory." For the fight he held Florian down and bled all over him for most of 5 rounds. 36-4-1 is a pretty nice record you cant take that away from him.
Giblets- January 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm
If one of my garden knomes made it into the ufc I'd nominate him for the hall of fame.
skeletor- January 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm
I have a hard time seeing Sherk as a contender ever gain after sitting out this long and the level of competition st LW.
@Karma-At this stage in the game no way is he a HOF fighter. Maybe in another 10-15 years after the UFC is more established and there HOF actually stands for something like other major league sports he would be a third ballad at best.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm
That's an absurd train of thought. The guy has a stable record with some real solid wins over some real game competition and thus as a fighter who only loses to top competition if he retires in the UFC and STAYS RETIRED then he should be in the HOF if he decided to fight further more after his UFC contractualobligations are done with then no I don't think he should be but that's my train of thought.
itsgalf- January 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm
it's more of a surprise van
google- January 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm
and into your car?
itsgalf- January 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm
^google...GET OUT OF MY MIND!
itsgalf- January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm
I always thought the UFC Hall of Fame was a funny thing. Randy Couture and Matt Hughes were in the HOF even though they were still competing.

I'm not sure why Mask is there. I mean it's a great gesture I suppose, but he doesn't actually belong in the Hall of Fame.

Will Frank Shamrock get inducted?
google- January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm
The problem is, unlike other sports, what is the guideline for the hall? Its not a MMA hall, as it is a UFC HOF. Take a look a Frank Shamrock. Does he deserve to be in the HOF? I would saye ith out a doubt, even though he tarnished alot of his legacy with his stupid antics later in life. But, we will probably never see him in, becuase of his rift with Dana. Does Tito belong? without a doubt, but if Dana and he never made up you would not see him in. There needs to be a standard set, some kind of guidelines, then we can argue who gets in and who doesn't.
Me likey- January 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm
sherk competed for a long time at 170 and did well there even for how small he is. yes, he is jacked but his frame is much better suited for 155. like morningwood said all of his loses are to champions or future champs and two of those were at 170. he is the only person popped for steroids that i might beleive his story for the posotive test.
smellypiratehooker- January 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Never did understand why "The Mask" was in the hall of fame. What did he contribute besides helping spotlighting, douche, wannabe fighters
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- January 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm
And if Sherk thinks he's a contender for Hall of Fame, someone like Rich Franklin is already in it then.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- January 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm
He can push a mop in the hall of fame.
TheWarsawExpress- January 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
It is tough to say...I think he would have done more if the light weight division had been around longer. If Evan Tanner or Jens Pulver aren't in the hall of fame, then maybe he should be a bit more humble, too. (I assume that Anderson Silva, BJ and GSP are going to be in the future based on current achievements.) He also popped for Steroids and was stripped of his title. True, Shamrock admitted to using, but he was never stripped of his title due to using. I'd say he is close to the line of being in the Hall of fame eventually and if he can get another title he is in for sure, but that is a big if.
Morningwood- January 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm
I think his 4 losses are to champs. I think he lost to Edgar the fight before Edgar won the title. So, he was a #1 guy I suppose since he beat everyone except the champions. But, when I think of HOF'ers I think of guys that were champions for a while, or defined the sport during their time in the cage. Sherk hasn't done either of those things. So unless his last 3-4 fights get him there, I don't see him going to the HOF. Do we even know Dana wants him back? I can't see a main event or co-main event being all that marketable especially since he's been gone so long. I think he needs 3-4 great wins just to be marketable again.
The12ozCurls- January 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Sherk is completely delusional if he thinks he is a hall of famer. Hall of famers beat elite competition and every time Sherk faced somebody that was elite . . . well, he got his ass handed to him.
Matt Hughes
BJ Penn
Frankie Edgar
All dominated Sherk.
And dry humping Nick Diaz for a 3 round decision over 5 years ago does not count as beating an elite fighter. Because Nick would turn your face into dog food if you fought him now.
No HOF for you Sean.
Fried Taco- January 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm
But I've already nominated him for the Hall of Lame.