Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk is ready to return to the UFC. After recovering from multiple injuries over the past year, Sherk is hoping to return to the Octagon before year’s end. Sherk last fought at UFC 119 in September 2010, defeating Evan Dunham via split decision.
“The Muscle Shark” (36-4-1) has fought just twice in the last three years, which includes a decision loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 98 in May 2009, and the win over Dunham at UFC 119. Between those two fights, Sherk pulled out of three scheduled fights due to injury. The scheduled opponents for Sherk were Gleison Tibau, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida.
This is the third extended layoff for Sherk, as he also faced nearly a year-long layoff following his UFC 73 win against Hermes Franca in July 2007. Following the fight, Sherk failed a post-fight drug test, testing positive for the steroid Nandrolone. However, his suspension was reduced to six months after successfully appealing the charges. He returned to the cage against BJ Penn at UFC 84 in May 2008, losing to the Hawaiian via TKO.
Now, after yet another long period of inactivity, Sherk is set to return. He went to his Twitter account to declare that he is ready, stating “I will be coming back before the years end. But I need a good fight, not some chump who needs some fame!”
Sherk has long expressed his desire to continue fighting top contenders, instead of being relegated to fighting prospects. With top contenders such as Clay Guida, Gray Maynard, and Anthony Pettis currently without a scheduled opponent, plenty of options are available for the former champion’s return.