Sherk Looks For No. 1 Contendership; Fight With Huerta

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

Coming off a very slick decision win over lightweight prospect Tyson Griffin, Sean Sherk is looking at life differently.

It was just in May that Sherk had been completely overwhelmed by champion BJ Penn and things looked bad for the former UFC Lightweight champion. What a difference one bout can make.

Sherk took the fight with Griffin knowing that it may put him back in position sooner rather than later for a rematch with Penn. Still, that fight is possible for the future; however, Sherk is looking to gain his contendership back with a fight against Roger Huerta, who is leaving the UFC after his next fight to briefly pursue an acting career.

Should Sherk win this fight, he would be primed for a rematch against fellow lightweight contender Kenny Florian, or against Penn. Either one would be welcomed by Sherk.

Though fight details have not been verified, it is expected that Sherk and Huerta will fight in Canada on the UFC 97 card in April.

The fight may be less appealing to Huerta, who decided earlier this month to forego signing a contract with the UFC in lieu of acting. Huerta vehemently denies that this will be his last fight in MMA, or with the UFC.

"I’m not burned out," Huerta claimed in a recent interview with “I have one fight left with the UFC and I want to honor that. As soon as they tell me to fight, I’ll fight my last fight on the contract.”

That fight appears likely against Sherk, and it should be good.