As Anthony Pettis’ title victory marks the beginning of a new era in the UFC’s lightweight division, a former champion closes the book on his career.
Former UFC Lightweight champion Sean Sherk, known to fans as “The Muscle Shark,” announced his retirement when he appeared on the MMA hour with Ariel Helwani. Sherk attributed his retirement due to injuries he sustained over the course in his career.
Over the course of his 10-year career, Sherk racked up 36 wins on his record. He earned victories over the likes of Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin. In my opinion what really makes his career shine is his losses were to four former UFC champions: Frankie Edgar, Matt Hughes, Georges St-Pierre and B.J. Penn.
The highlight of The Muscle Shark’s run came in 2006 when he defeated Florian to win the UFC Lightweight championship. He would successfully defend it against Hermes Franca. He would then be stripped of the belt after failing a post-fight drug test.
His last fight was in 2010 when he defeated Evan Dunham by split-decision. Although I’m not the biggest Sherk fan – nothing against the guy – I was pulling for him to make a comeback and get another shot at the title.
Although he is done competing, Sherk will still continue to be involved with martial arts as he is a trainer and coach at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.
We at Cage Pages would like to wish The Muscle Shark the best in his future.
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