In a recent conversation with Sherdog Radio Network, Sean Sherk made it clear he was not ready to retire, but he also said that when he does decide to walk away from mixed martial arts, he would like to be considered for a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.
“I’m not walking away, but if I were to walk away, I’ve done enough in my career to be happy with what I’ve accomplished,” Sherk said. “I think I’ve cemented my place in this industry [with] everything I’ve done inside and outside the gym, and I’ve cemented my place in the UFC. I hope to be a Hall of Famer some day. That’s my goal.”
The UFC Hall of Fame currently holds eight members, Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Matt Hughes, the late Charles "Mask" Lewis, Chuck Liddell, Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock.
Sherk's overall mixed martial arts record stands at 36-4-1 over the course of his eleven plus year career. His UFC record is 8-4 with two defenses of the UFC lightweight title in those wins.
His four losses in the UFC have all come at the hands of fighters that have held UFC titles, Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes.
Of those four fighters, one is in the UFC Hall of Fame, and Penn and St. Pierre are almost certain to join those ranks when their careers wind down.
While his losses have come at the hands of some of the best, his UFC wins do not hold the same luster. Sherk had his hand raised in contests against, Tiki Ghosn, Jutaro Nakao, Benji Radach, Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin, and most recently a controversial win over Evan Dunham at UFC 119.
Does Sherk belong in the UFC Hall of Fame
It is clear looking at those names, that Sherk's competition in his wins does not come close to measuring up to the level of the fighters he has lost to.
Sherk also has a black mark on his UFC resume, He tested positive for anabolic steroids following his defense against Franca and was subsequently stripped of the UFC title.
Sherk summed up his career to Sherdog with the following, “I’ve been a part of this industry before it was big and after it was big,” Sherk opined. “I look at my career as being two different careers almost. The second part of my career has been phenomenal. I got everything I ever dreamt of and more, and it’s just getting better all the time.”
Time will tell if the UFC will consider Sherk for a spot in its "Legends Hall of Fame."