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Sean Sherk Describes Hip Injury That Led to Retirement

Kelsey Mowatt

Sean Sherk

It was no secret that injuries had kept Sean Sherk from fighting since he scored a split decision win over Evan Dunham in 2010, but now that the decorated fighter has announced he’s retiring, the 40 year-old has provided more details about their extent.

In a follow up report with MMA, Sherk revealed that he’s been battling a serious hip injury for some time, and that more recently he was informed he’ll need to undergo a total hip replacement.

“Now that I’m retiring I can tell the truth,” said Sherk. “I know it’s always been one of the top questions. Obviously I couldn’t say anything because otherwise opponents would pinpoint that stuff, but I had MRIs done [ahead of the Penn fight] and found out that both of my hips were torn and that I was going to need surgery. The doctor basically told me at that point in time, ‘if you have surgery on this you’ll never be 100 percent again – you’ll lose your mobility, you’ll lose your quick twitch and some of the explosion, and you’ll lose some of the agility.’

“And to me it just wasn’t worth it, so I said, you know what, I’ll just deal with the pain. I said, I’ll just deal with this as long as I can. And that’s what I did. Gradually over the years my hips got worse and worse and worse. About two weeks ago I was told I needed hip replacement surgery. So that was the deciding factor right there. I went from needing surgery to fix torn labrums to needing total replacement.”

Sherk also relayed in the interview that the highlight of his career was, not surprisingly, defeating Kenny Florian in 2006 to lay claim to the UFC lightweight title. “The Muscle Shark” said that until he won the belt, he was still working a part time job, as well as fighting, to pay the bills. The Minnesota fighter retired with an impressive record of 36-4-1.

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