by Jeff Cain/Photo courtesy of SeanSherk.com
He’s back! Sean Sherk took several months off from fighting, and there were rumors swirling that he had retired from the sport. Armed with a new manager, Monte Cox, the Sean Sherk comeback has officially launched. Sean spoke with MMAWeekly Radio about his absence from Mixed Martial Arts competition, his return, as well as sounding off about his fighting future.
“I’ve kind of been missing in action for a little while. I had to take a little bit of a breather…I never officially announced any retirement or anything like that. Basically what I had said was I was sick of dealing with a lot of things I was dealing with. I was scheduling a lot of my own fights last year, and I just kind of got fed up with it, so I kind of wanted to take a step back and take a breather. Had a kid, and had a business going, so I got that stuff out of the way, and now I’m ready to start fighting again.” Sean Sherk told MMAWeekly.
He continued, “I had to straighten up some things first. First of all, last year, I fought quite a few times, and it was basically my only source of income was through fighting. Now, I guess what I did differently was I’m a full instructor at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. I’m doing privates now, so I don’t have to necessarily rely on the fight game to pay the bills because it is really unreliable. Unfortunately it’s a really unreliable sport. I just went about things a little differently. I called Monte Cox, and tried to see what he thought I should do. He said definitely there’s some stuff out there for me, so I asked him to represent me. And he said OK, so I said let’s do it.” Sherk added, “At that point in time I wasn’t really willing to let anyone else manage me. If he had said he wasn’t interested then I wouldn’t be making a comeback here.”
Sherk has a 3-1-0 UFC record, but was let go after his loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 42. There was a lot of speculation and rumors why Sean was dropped by Zuffa. One of those rumors was that his management, at the time, had a rift with the UFC. When asked about it, Sherk answered, “To be honest with you I still don’t even have a clue to this day. I’ve never been involved with any negotiations with the UFC. I’ve probably only talked to Dana While maybe three times in my entire life. I just don’t know what that story was, and I’ve heard the same thing, but I’m kind of getting two different stories, and I don’t know which one to believe. But that’s water under the bridge now, and hopefully we can make another run at it.”
Will Sean Sherk be back in the UFC? He said, “At this point in time that’s pretty much up to Monte, and I know he had expressed in the past that he really doesn’t like his guys fighting each other. And I am managed by him, and that would make myself and Matt [Hughes] on the same team being that we have the same manager even though we don’t train together. If they offered me a fight, and wanted me to come back, I’d definitely come back. I think the UFC’s really paving a nice road here for the sport, and it’s really taken off a lot in the last year. I’m glad to see that. I’d love to be a part of it.”
Matt Hughes has been in ten UFC title matches. He’s 9-1-0 in them, and Sean Sherk is the only one who has gone all five rounds with Hughes. In fact, Matt Hughes is the only fighter Sean Sherk has ever been defeated by, and that was a decision. Sean expressed a desire to fight Matt Hughes again. He commented, “I would love to have a rematch with Matt Hughes. You know? There’s a few things I did differently than I normally do in that first fight, and I’d like to correct those mistakes. And you know I’m the guy that always says that if you have a strength, you should use it, and I went against something that wasn’t my biggest strength because everyone wanted to see me stand up and strike with him. I didn’t play my normal strategy, and he did, and he was the better fighter that night. But I’d definitely love to fight him again, and see what happens the next time. You know?”
Now that Sean Sherk as come back to fighting, what does his immediate future hold? Sherk told MMAWeekly, “I’m fighting in Atlanta…September 16th, against a guy named Joel Blanton. I think he’s a pretty good first fight back. I don’t really know a whole lot about him, but they’re telling me he’s a good Jiu-Jitsu guy, and he’s got some striking…It’s in a ring, and I’m not a real big fan of rings, so that would be a good first fight back for me. You know, kind of get my feet wet, and if t there’s any ring rust, work that off.”
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