Sherk Focused on Division's Elite

Written by Tom Ngo
October 31st, 2008

At the tender age of 35, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk seems to be redefining his MMA game. Once known as a dominant wrestler, Sherk has worked tirelessly over the past couple of years to sharpen his striking skills in order to compete against the world’s best.  His new and improved style allowed him to not only walk away with Fight of the Night honors at UFC 90, but most importantly a victory over one of the division’s key contenders.

“This is the first win that I’ve had in 15 months believe it or not,” Sherk stated at the UFC 90 post-fight press conference. “You know, I’m 36-3 and I haven’t won a fight in 15 months.”

This was Sherk’s second fight since his six-month drug suspension. He suffered a devastating loss to current champion BJ Penn in his return to the Octagon at UFC 84 back in May. Needless to say, the former champ was anxious to get his career back on track.

“It feels good to get back in the win column again. I definitely wanna get back out there and get another shot at that belt,” stated a motivated Sherk. “That’s my overall goal. I wanna be a two-time UFC champion, I think that will…or that will put me in a class of elite fighters, and I wanna be one of those guys.”

Sherk knows that it won’t be an easy road back to the top, as fresher and younger blood continues to pour into an already deep division. However, at this stage in his career, he is strictly focused on facing the division’s best, knowing that will be the fastest way back to the top.

“The lightweight division’s stacked. That’s the reason why I asked Joe [Silva] to fight Tyson [Griffin],” said Sherk. “Hopefully I get to fight the winner of Kenny [Florian] and Joe [Stevenson] next.”

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