Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has not stepped inside of the octagon in nearly three years and today he officially announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. The 40-year-old announced his retirement during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, and he cited multiple injuries as the reason for calling it quits.
“Many, many years of wear and tear,” Sherk said in a statement. “I don’t want to get into specifics of what’s injured or what’s beat up just because if and when I do step back into the cage I don’t want my opponents pinpointing anything specific.”
“The injuries have piled up. I haven’t fought a fight healthy since I fought Georges St. Pierre in 2005… I have had serious injuries every single time I stepped in the cage for every single fight.”
“It’s just part of the game, it’s a young man’s sport and you can’t do it forever… I have fought injured for so long, it’s just not something I’m willing to do anymore. I only want to fight if I’m 100%.”
Sherk initially won UFC gold when he defeated Kenny Florian at UFC 64 to claim the vacant 155-pound title and he had one successful championship defense against Hermes Franca.
After the Franca bout, Sherk failed the post-fight drug test and was stripped of the belt.
Nearly a year later, Sherk returned to the UFC to face off against B.J. Penn for another chance at the title, but he was knocked out and Penn went on to become one of the most dominant champions in UFC history.
Sherk fought just three more times after the Penn bout and went 2-1.
We wish Sherk the best of luck in his career after fighting and hope that he is successful in whatever ventures he chooses.