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Former UFC Champ Sean Sherk Retires

Kelsey Mowatt

Sean Sherk

Another fighter from the previous generation of MMA stars is reportedly calling it quits on his career, as according to reports, Sean Sherk has decided to retire at the age of 40. The former UFC lightweight champ hadn’t fought since October, 2010, when he scored a tightly contested, split decision win over Evan Duham at UFC 119. “The Muscle Shark” had been battling injuries ever since.

Sherk confirmed the story that MMA first reported on Monday, and tweeted his appreciation to the fans earlier today.

Sherk went undefeated in his first 20 fights, after turning pro in 1999, before being handed a unanimous decision defeat by Matt Hughes at UFC 42 in 2003. Sherk rebounded by winning 12 consecutive fights after losing to the welterweight champion, but lost by stoppage to Georges St. Pierre in 2005.

The Minneosta resident and 5’6 tall fighter decided to drop down to lightweight, and at UFC 64 in 2006, Sherk defeated Kenny Florian to become lightweight champ. After defending the belt versus Hermes Franca in 2007, however, Sherk was stripped of the belt after failing a post-fight drug test. He returned in May, 2008, and was stopped by BJ Penn, who had defeated Joe Stevenson previously to lay claim to the vacant title.

Sherk proceeded to go 2-1 after the loss, with his fourth career defeat coming versus Frankie Edgar in 2009. The only men to defeat Sherk in his decade plus career were former or currently reigning champs. That’s pretty impressive. The veteran leaves the sport with a record of 36-4-1.

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