Former UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk has been sidelined since scoring a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten Evan Dunham in September, but could be ready to return to UFC action in the summer after the 37-year-old recovers from lingering injuries:
“I made a decision a couple of years ago that I wasn’t going to fight injured any more, so that’s where the layoff has been,” Sherk recently told MMAjunkie. “It’s not worth training half-ass because I’m hurt and fighting half-ass, and giving opponents an opportunity to beat me because I wasn’t able to prepare properly. That’s just not a chance I’m going to take any more.
All those injuries that I had to rehab, they came back. So, now I need to get them dealt with again. … I want to win that belt one more time. That’s my ultimate goal: To be a two-time UFC lightweight champion. I think I would put myself in a very elite class of athletes if I was able to do that.”