UFC Lightweight Sean Sherk has announced his retirement from fighting. Injuries have plagued Sherk throughout the last 4 years and the last time we saw him in the octagon was at UFC 119 where he beat Evan Dunham by split decision. Sherk walks away from the sport with a professional record of 36-4-1 and a UFC record of 7-4. In a recent interview, Sherk spoke about the injuries that sidelined him, his favorite moment in the UFC, and what he is currently up to now that his career inside the octagon is over.
Sherk told MMAFighting:
“Well, it’s a hard decision to make. I’ve been a part of this industry almost since the beginning, and I wrestled competitively since I was seven years old. So we’re talking 25 years of competition, probably longer than that – walking away from something you love isn’t easy to do. I just think it was time for the door to be closed, time for me to move on with some different things. I know the injuries aren’t going away, they’re not going anywhere and they’re not getting any better. It was just time for some closure.”
“Now that I’m retiring I can tell the truth. I know it’s always been one of the top questions. Obviously I couldn’t say anything because otherwise opponents would pinpoint that stuff, but I had MRIs done [ahead of the Penn fight] and found out that both of my hips were torn and that I was going to need surgery. The doctor basically told me at that point in time, ‘if you have surgery on this you’ll never be 100 percent again – you’ll lose your mobility, you’ll lose your quick twitch and some of the explosion, and you’ll lose some of the agility.’
“And to me it just wasn’t worth it, so I said, you know what, I’ll just deal with the pain. I said, I’ll just deal with this as long as I can. And that’s what I did. Gradually over the years my hips got worse and worse and worse. About two weeks ago I was told I needed hip replacement surgery. So that was the deciding factor right there. I went from needing surgery to fix torn labrums to needing total replacement.”
“Winning the UFC title, that right there changed my life. I was working a part-time job all the way up until I fought Kenny Florian for the lightweight title. I was still working — I had to, there just wasn’t enough money in the industry to sustain having a house, having two kids, having the amount of bills that I have. I had to work between fights to pay my bills, and I trained my butt off to make sure I won those fights, because there’s obviously a big difference in pay when it comes to winning and losing.
“When I won that fight and won that world title, that just changed everything for me. That was the most definitive moment of my career by far.”
“I actually started flipping houses this year. So that’s kind of my new endeavor.”
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