by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
"The Muscle Shark" Sherk was defeated by reigning champion B
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight
titleholder Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk was defeated by reigning
champion B.J. Penn at UFC 84. Like most other perfectionists, Sherk is his own
"There’s a few things I should have and would have done
different if I could do it again," Sean Sherk told
MMAWeekly.com. "You know? You always look back after the fight is
over and you say, “I should have done this, I wish I would have done that.”
It’s the same thing. There’s a couple of things I could have done differently.
All and all, I guess I came here with something to prove hopefully I did
Penn was consistently able to land his jab throughout the
fight. Given a second chance, Sherk said he would have implemented more head
movement among other things. "I know a lot of times when he was hitting
that jab was when I stopped moving. I stopped moving my head, and his
placement on punches was really good," said the Minnesota native.
"He kept finding, as you can see, he kept finding my
eye. He was working that cut. He has a real fast jab and good placement on
it, so I should have kept my head moving a little more."
Following the fight, many questioned Sherk’s strategy to
remain standing with Penn. "I wanted to show everyone that I can box,”
said Sherk. "People want to see diversity in this sport. I’m not a
one-dimensional fighter like people think I am, and I came here with something
"I wanted to gain respect back from the fans, first of
all. Secondly, I wanted to give the fans something they paid for. People paid
a lot of money to come see this fight, so I wanted to hopefully re-establish
myself I guess is what I’m trying to say."
finds himself back in the mix of UFC lightweight contenders. While it’s not a
career path he wanted to take, it makes for several interesting match ups for
the former lightweight champion.