Former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk has had a rough go of things since losing his lightweight title to the hands of the California State Athletic Commission in 2007. Sherk was embroiled in a well-publicized steroid scandal, in which he still maintains his innocence, after testing positive for the banned substance Nandralone. Sherk would attempt to regain his belt from the hands of then-champion BJ Penn but was bested throughout the fight en route to a third round knockout loss. He would bounce back from that fight with a win over tough lightweight Tyson Griffin but would lose again to current champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 98. Sherk has not appeared in action since that fight, having been forced out of several proposed bouts with injuries. “The Muscle Shark” is finally scheduled to return to action now after sitting on the shelf for more than a year and will be taking on Evan Dunham later this month at UFC 119. Sherk recently appeared on a hype video released by the UFC and expressed confidence in his skills and experience over Dunham’s.
“What I do works and I’m not going to change it now. I don’t think (Evan Dunham) is going to do anything in the cage that I haven’t seen or had done to me before,” Sherk asserted. “I’ve literally fought the best of the best in this industry for a very long time. I’ve fought for world titles in two different weight classes. I don’t see him beating me at any aspect of the game. My striking is faster, it’s crisper. My wrestling is better, my jiu-jitsu is better. There’s a lot of hungry kids out there, I’m hungry too. I want it. I’ve been there already. I’ve had that belt. I loved it. I loved being world champion. I want that again.”
Sherk will have the chance to prove that he still sits among the division’s elite when he takes on Dunham this September 25th at UFC 119. The two will square off on the main card in the event that will mark the first trip that the UFC has made to Indiana. The fight will be broadcast live via pay-per-view from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.