Sherk: 'I hope to be in the UFC hall of Fame someday'

by Sherdog.com Staff | source: sherdog.com
 

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.”

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superCalo site profile image  

2/2/11 10:31 PM by superCalo

He was later cleared of the steroids charge as the suspension was reduced when he proved he did not take them via a certified lie detector test so that has no bearing on him and his eventual entry into the hOf

BJJkilla site profile image  

2/2/11 10:23 PM by BJJkilla

sherk defended his belt once and he tested positive for roids in that fight. there are more deserving fighters than sherk that deserve to be in the hall of fame.

Juzz site profile image  

2/2/11 9:12 PM by Juzz

lol  

xcouturefan site profile image  

2/2/11 9:08 PM by xcouturefan

ttt

dentalninja site profile image  

2/2/11 6:05 PM by dentalninja

Solid fighter, but UFC HOF? Nah.

drance2624 site profile image  

2/2/11 6:01 PM by drance2624

ttt  

Pernicious site profile image  

2/2/11 5:03 PM by Pernicious

I know why it was called the dark ages and when it was. Sherk started fighting in 1999. Pardon my ignorance, but him fighting during the same time period doesn't count as "the dark ages" just because he wasn't in the UFC at the time? He was still trying to be a professional MMA fighter at a time when it wasn't really financially feasible for 90% of fighters, especially outside the UFC. That's my point.You go back to feeling superior though.

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2/2/11 4:56 PM by xcouturefan

ttt

xcouturefan site profile image  

2/2/11 3:09 PM by xcouturefan

yup

disbeliever site profile image  

2/2/11 1:32 PM by disbeliever

I like Sherk a lot. I sort of feel bad for him hearing his current interviews. He hates that he is not on top, but has injuries and better skilled opp to worry about.