Getting To Know Sean Sherk
by Marco Antico (11/5/04)
MA: Sean, what’s going on?
SS: Oh hey Marco, I’m just driving home from the gym.
MA: Got 15 minutes to answer a few questions?
SS: Ya, sure thing.
MA: Let me start off by asking you the tough questions. You’ve got so many fans out there wondering how in the heck is it that a fighter of your caliber is not competing in the big shows. Is this something that frustrates you or do you just say to hell with it and go on with your daily business?
SS: It’s definitely very frustrating and very annoying. It’s been a year and a half since I fought Hughes for the title. There are lots of fighters out there turning down fights with me. There are lots of promoters not coming through for me.
MA: Have you thought about changing your representation?
SS: I did! I’m currently representing myself. I have been for a couple of months now.
MA: Have you got anything lined up right now?
SS: Yes, I’m fighting for Monte Cox’ Extreme Challenge on November 12th.
MA: Do you worry that by not fighting the highest caliber fighters out there that your techniques might go stale?
SS: Yes and no. Other then Hughes (UFC 42, April 2003) and Ueyama (PRIDE Bushido, February 2004) I’ve not gone past the 1st round with an opponent in over 2 years! So ya, it does worry me when I’m not getting enough work. But at the same time I know my instincts don’t change. I’ve been wrestling since I was 7 years old. When I step into the ring there’s something that just takes over.
MA: What would happen in a rematch with Hughes?
SS: I personally think it would be the best fight of the year, maybe ever. He’s the man. One mistake and he’ll capitalize, just like he did to Georges St. Pierre. I think I had a bad game plan in our first fight. I wanted to stand and strike with him. In a rematch, I’d do what I do best and I think I would come out on top.
MA: What would happen in a fight with BJ Penn?
SS: BJ is one of those guys that is most dangerous in the first round. I think I’d burn him right out of gas. He’d get frustrated and I’d take over.
MA: Alright, let me ask you 10 generic questions I’ve been asking all the fighters I’ve been interviewing lately.
SS: Sure, go ahead.
1) WHICH CDs DO YOU LISTEN TO MOST OFTEN?
- Stone Sour
- Linkin Park
2) WHICH MOVIE HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOST TIMES?
Vision Quest. It’s a wrestling movie. I watch it before every single one of my fights.
3) RATE YOUR COOKING ABILITIES ON A SCALE OF 1 to 10.
SS: I’d say an eight.
MA: Wow, you’re the first fighter to rate themselves above a 4!
SS: (laughing), I loooove food. I eat 6 times a day. I took every cooking class available in school. We wrestlers have got to eat you know?
4) DID YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?
Not until about six years ago did I start thinking about MMA. I didn’t have a clue before that. I used to work construction. I didn’t like that much.
5) FAVORITE SPORT/HOBBY ASIDE FROM MMA?
SS: Can I say wrestling?
SS: I watch every wrestling competition I can. I believe that they are the toughest
athletes in the world. I learn something new every time I watch too.
MA: How did you make the transition from wrestling to MMA?
SS: I joined the Minnesota MMA Community. But, I trained there for years before I started learning MMA. At first, I didn’t want to give up my wrestling aspects to learn submissions.
6) WHAT TIME DO YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT?
One or two in the morning. I’m a night owl.
7) FAVORITE DRINK?
Water. I drink it by the gallon.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST NICK NAME ANYONE EVER GAVE YOU?
SS: “Shercules”, I guess that’s because of my physique and because I lift 6 days a week.
MA: You lift 6 days a week? What’s the rest of your training schedule like?
SS: I normally grapple in the morning, lift in the afternoon and spar at night. Monday through Saturday.
MA: That’s insane! Even when you’re not fighting?
SS: Yup. The only days I’ve ever took off were because my training partners forced me to. It’s hard to get me not to train.
MA: How does your body recover from that?
SS: It just does. I’ve been doing it a long time with good results so I just keep doing it.
MA: That’s amazing. I have so much respect for people with that kind of training etiquette. It’s a testament to the dedication that you athletes truly have to the sport.
9) IF YOU COULD HAVE A 10 MINUTE CONVERSATION WITH ANY
HISTORICAL OR PRESENT FIGURE WHO WOULD IT BE?
Dan Gable, considered to be the greatest amateur wrestler in American history. He was undefeated in high school competition and won three consecutive Iowa state high school championships. He went on to accomplish a lot as a coach too.
10) WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE HOTTEST ACTRESS IN
SS: Jessica Simpson, she’s just flawless. If I had to draw the perfect woman it would be her.
MA: Alright, well thanks so much for your time Sean. I wish you all the best and I sincerely hope to see you competing at the level in which you belong soon.
SS: Thanks for calling Marco, I’ll talk to you later.