MMA  > General MMA  > Can Sean Sherk Return to Dominance?
September 28, 2010, 01:35 AM
Does anyone think the Muscle Shark can rise back to Championship contender? Is his win over Evan Dunham enough to vault him back into the picture?
September 28, 2010  05:26 AM ET

His "win"? :D

September 28, 2010  07:59 AM ET

His "win"? :D


I hate sherk. So no comment here.

September 28, 2010  09:00 AM ET

I like Sherk.

It's not his fault that the judges gave it to him, I'm sure he wishes he had a far better performance himself. No one wants to win a lousy decision.

He is still a great wrestler though, and he proved that he might be past that point in his career where he prefers to stand and trade and is willing to be a grinder again. He could be a better technical fighter now too, as he is a better striker and can use that to set up his otherworldly double leg.

He isn't in the same kind of shape he was before though, as far as being the strongest and best conditioned LW on earth, but it seems he still has the cardio. Remember, this is the man who looked like he could have gone another five fives after the Matt Hughes fight.

If he is willing to continue to set up takedowns with strikes and absolutely destroy people from top with elbows (I understand he opened up a nasty one on Dunham in this fight), he should be back in the the top three in no time.

He will always have trouble with Edgar, only because they are the same fighter and Edgar is younger and faster than him now.

Sherk should go down in history as the number two lightweight in history behind BJ. I think it is close between him and Gomi, but I think that he just faced some better competition and is so slick at what he was (and is still) good at, which is taking people down over and over and looking to destroy them with strikes from the top.

September 28, 2010  09:35 AM ET

If Sherk can stick to his takedown and grinding approach, along with keeping his cardio in good shape, he's still a great opponent for any Lightweight.

But that doesn't mean he can fight for the title again.

September 28, 2010  11:52 AM ET

Sherk is still a good fighter who is marketable since most fans love to hate him (he seems to get booed at pretty much every event - so he's a mini-Koschek in that sense, although Kos earned his stripes, all Sherk did was test positive for 'roids and then deny deny deny...) and he presents some matchup problems for a lot of LW's.

That said, he can take guys down, but he can't really keep them there like he used to. I did like that elbow he landed - the cut was ugly. But Sherk on his feet can't compete with the top strikers in the division.

I'd like to see Sherk take on Sam Stout. I think that would be an entertaining fight. I also think Stout would end up winning the fight - but I'm Canadian, so perhaps I'm a little biased... :-)

September 28, 2010  12:11 PM ET

I don't think so. His questionable win over Dunham proves nothing at all. Dunham won that fight and everyone knows "well except the **** judges scoring the fight."

The real question is can Sherk stay clean?

October 3, 2010  09:07 PM ET

Can Sherk return to dominance?

Sure, as long as they aren't checking his piss or blood. I'm surprised he hasn't made his way back to Japan.

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