It has been nearly six months since we've last seen "The Muscle Shark" in the Octagon at Ultimate fighting championship 119 winning a very close split decision over rising star Evan Dunham.
Sherk showed that he is still able to hang in there with the top lions of the 155 pound division. He showed that his wrestling is still a force to be reckoned with and that his ground-and-pound is to be feared, as he demonstrated in opening up a huge cut over Evan Dunham’s eye with an elbow.
However, can Sherk still make a run towards the top?
Sherk has secured his spot in UFC history by becoming only the second lightweight champion there’s ever been, winning Jens Pulver's vacated title. The Muscle Shark Holds notable wins over Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin and most recently a close decision over Evan Dunham. He has proven over the course of many years that he is a force to be reckoned with no matter who he faces.
However, Sherk has not been scheduled for a fight since his outing with Evan Dunham in September 2010, and it has been reported that he still has lingering injuries that are affecting him.
With all his extreme workouts and intensity, it is not surprising at all that this is the case. Time off is exactly what Sherk needs to return to form and hopefully stay there, but if Sherk keeps up the habit of having one or two fights a year, it will not help him make a run to a title shot, as age may come into play as well.
However, if the 37 year old Sherk returns healthy and ready to go, it can said that the 155 pound division will need to look out for The Muscle Shark.
Sherk has stated that he would like to become a UFC Hall of Famer one day, but has he earned that spot yet? The answer is yes and no.
He has indeed only lost to the best of the best, all of whom are current or former champions, and has defeated some of the best there is. There is still more to be done if Sherk wants to really make an impact and show the world that he deserves to be there, and that’s by winning the UFC lightweight title once again.
This is possible, as Sherk is an incredibly strong wrestler, has very underrated striking and is incredibly hard to submit, making him a contender for the lightweight title. He does need to string along a couple of wins before he can be called the No. 1 contender of the weight class. Sherk says he is planning a summer return, so can we expect to see the Muscle Shark return to form and once again become the UFC lightweight champion?