(Updated): Former UFC Champ Sean Sherk Retiring at 40
By FCF Staff
After battling injuries for the last couple of years, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has reportedly retired from fighting at the age of 40. The last time Sherk competed was in September, 2010, when he defeated Evan Dunham by split decision at UFC 119.
News of his retirement was reported first by MMA Fighting.com and Sherk has proceed to confirm his retirement by tweeting:
Have to say thanks for all the great support I’ve had over the years. It’s been an honor and privilege fighting for UFC and all the fans
Sherk was an upper tier welterweight for years, and the only men to defeat the 5’6 tall fighter at 170 was Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre. After dropping to lightweight, the Minnesota fighter defeated Kenny Florian by unanimous decision to lay claim to the UFC’s championship in October, 2006. After defending the belt versus Hermes Franca in July, 2007, Sherk was stripped of the title after failing a post-fight drug test. Sherk returned in May, 2008, and was stopped by BJ Penn.
The only other man to defeat “The Muscle Shark” during his career was former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
The rugged wrestler, who made his pro debut in 1999, retires with an impressive record of 36-4-1.