Sean Sherk is officially retired and the former UFC lightweight champion is explaining what led to his eventual decision.
Dating back to his 2008 loss to B.J. Penn, doctors informed Sherk that his hips were in bad shape. Sherk wasn’t ready to leave MMA and toughed out the pain for a few more years.
“I said, I’ll just deal with this as long as I can,” said Sherk to MMA Fighting. “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 retired days ago with a 36-4-1 record. He hadn’t seen action since a win at UFC 119 in September 2010.
As for the future, Shrek will continue training others out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and started selling houses.