Sherk Wants Spot in UFC Hall of Fame

By Staff Feb 1, 2011
Sean Sherk isn’t ready to retire, but when he is he hopes that his resume will send him into the UFC Hall of Fame.

“I’m not walking away, but if I were to walk away, I’ve done enough in my career to be happy with what I’ve accomplished,” Sherk said recently on the Sherdog Radio Network. “I think I’ve cemented my place in this industry [through] everything I’ve done inside and outside the gym, and I’ve cemented my place in the UFC. I hope to be a Hall of Famer some day. That’s my goal.”

A former UFC lightweight champion, Sherk has won nearly 40 bouts in more than a decade of fighting. In the midst of all those highs, he has had a few lows. In 2007 he tested positive for a steroid, though he denied using the banned substance. At another point, he had to step away from the sport because MMA had not yet exploded in popularity and he wasn’t making enough money.

“It wasn’t something I wanted to do. I was forced to leave because there was no money in this industry,” Sherk explained. “There was no sponsorship. There were no MMA expos. There were not very many gyms around the country. There was no seminars, no appearances. … There was nothing really going on in this industry. It was still growing, and I had to walk away because I had a house. I had to pay bills.”

Sherk returned after “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show had attracted widespread attention for MMA.

“I’ve been a part of this industry before it was big and after it was big,” Sherk said. “I look at my career as being two different careers almost. The second part of my career has been phenomenal. I got everything I ever dreamt of and more, and it’s just getting better all the time.”

Sherk has lost just four fights in his career, but he’s only 2-2 since 2007. Most recently he won a controversial split decision over Evan Dunham at UFC 119. For his next match, he wants to take on another contender.

“That’s all I ask for. I want to fight guys who have something to offer me,” Sherk said. “Guys if I beat them, I’m going to keep moving up that ladder. I don’t want to take a big step down and fight an up-and-comer. I want to fight contenders. I think I’ve earned that.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:28:35) with Sherk, who also discussed his plans for life after fighting.
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