Former UFC champ Sean Sherk expects to fight again in 2012

If asked to list the UFC’s premier lightweights its likely most fans wouldn’t include Sean Sherk. However, Sherk’s probable omission would not be related to ability/accomplishments so much a lack of recent activity due to a series of undisclosed injuries. However, “The Muscle Shark” hopes to make his way back into the division’s forefront starting at some point in the next six months.

Sherk recently discussed his current status where he also relayed his desire to solidify a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame with one final run.

“I wanted to fight (last year) but I had the same issues that held me out of the Octagon for 18 months. It’s just injuries. It’s injuries piling up,” the 38-year old explained in an interview with MMAJunkie.

“I fought too many times in the last five or six years with serious injuries (and) I don’t feel the need at this point to fight injured,” Sherk continued. “When you’re fighting and not 100 percent, it’s not a fun thing. It’s not something fun to go through. It’s not fun going through training camp when you need surgery.”

Still, with his body finally healing up and the age old truth about “not getting any younger,” Sherk has finally started looking at a return to the ring again after being away from competition since a September 2010 win over Evan Dunham.

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“At this point in time, do I plan on fighting five or six more times? Probably not, to be honest with you,” said the muscular Minnesotan. “That’s why I want big fights. I want co-main event or main event type fights that are going to cement my place in the UFC Hall of Fame. Absolutely, I think at this point in time, I’ve done enough to be a hall of famer, but I’d like a few more fights to make my mark.”

Sherk is a former lightweight champion and welterweight contender with wins over a number of the UFC’s top names. He holds an overall record of 36-4-1 but only an 8-4 record in the Octagon with wins over Nick Diaz and Kenny Florian amongst others.