Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk made his return the Octagon last night after a sixteen month, injury-induced hiatus. “The Muscle Shark” fought up-and-comer Evan Dunham on the main card of UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop and walked away from the bout with a split decision victory; a decision which many disagree with (most vocally the fans inside the Conseco Fieldhouse). Sherk spoke with members of the media following the fight and touched on the controversial nature of the decision as well as the boos he received in the Octagon after the decision was announced.
“I knew the fight was close. I think I had the first round pretty decisive,” Sherk said. “The second round was close. And the third round, I would give that to Dunham. So it depends on what the judges are watching. Anytime you go to a judges’ decision you’re at their mercy…. We were throwing down out there — he was hitting me hard, I was hitting him hard, he was bleeding all over the place. It had to be exciting. If I was a fan I would have had a good time, so I don’t know why [the fans] are booing me. We went out there and threw down. We left our hearts out there. There was nothing left inside that Octagon.”
Sherk and Dunham were awarded one of the two $70,000 Fight of the Night bonuses, which they both truly deserved. With the win, Sherk improves his record to 33-4-1 while Dunham takes home his first loss and drops his record to 11-1. UFC 119 took place at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.