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Q&A: UFC lightweight champion Sean ‘Muscle Shark’ Sherk

July 4th, 2007 · News

July 4, 2007
By Gary Herman
Special to CBS

On Saturday, Sean “Muscle Shark” Sherk makes the first defense of his UFC lightweight championship in a matchup against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Hermes Franca.

We recently caught up with Sherk to discuss his fight with Franca. We also spoke about this season’s Ultimate Fighter show and his thoughts on the Pride purchase. [Read more →]


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Routine matters

July 4th, 2007 · News

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
July 4, 2007

Sean Sherk was talking on the telephone about his training routine. He was going on about his diet, about the extraordinary number of repetitions he did, about the sheer volume of time he spent conditioning his body.

Just listening was enough to make you feel sorry for Hermes Franca.

Franca will face Sherk for Sherk’s Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title at UFC 73 on Saturday at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

But Dana White, the UFC’s president, encouraged patience.

“Wait until you see the show we did on him,” White said of the All Access show on Spike TV on Monday that featured Sherk. “It’s the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen.” [Read more →]


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The Hard Road to Redemption: Sherk ready to defend title

June 27th, 2007 · News

By Jason Probst

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be.

And nobody knew it better

than Sean Sherk, who’d seemingly lost his way three years ago, after a career that had seemingly been derailed.

Three years ago, the UFC lightweight champion was a world removed from where he’ll be July 7, when he defends his belt against Hermes Franca at UFC 73. He could only dream about nights like the Saturday after next, when the door to the Octagon closes and he’ll be introduced as a champion, with millions watching to see if he can retain his belt. [Read more →]


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UFC® All Access™: Sean Sherk on Spike TV

June 27th, 2007 · News

Air Dates:

Monday 7/2 at 11:30pm ET/PT

Tuesday 7/3 at 1:30am ET/PT

Thursday 7/5 at at midnight ET/PT

Friday 7/6 at 1:30am ET/PT


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The Ballad of the Muscle Shark

May 16th, 2007 · News

From floor finisher to World Champion: Sean Sherk grapples his way to the top of the UFC
The Ballad of the Muscle Shark



He works silently by himself, shadowboxing in front of a mirror. Jab, jab, overhand right. Jab, jab, uppercut left. Jab, jab, right kick. The punches are compact and powerful, just like his body. Even at half speed, it’s clear he can cause serious mayhem.

His name is Sean Sherk, and he is the owner of the massive gold belt in the corner, a gaudy accessory only a world-class fighter could pull off. Seven months ago, Sherk hoisted this belt above his head at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas as the newly crowned 155-pound king of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a blood-soaked brawl that left even veteran fans feeling queasy, the 33-year-old St. Francis native defeated Kenny Florian for the lightweight title.

The fight marked the capstone of more than a decade of sweat equity. In fact, less than two years earlier, Sherk had walked away from mixed martial arts fighting, frustrated with his inability to make a living at the discipline at which he excelled.

“Now that I have the belt, everyone wants to meet you and everyone wants to see you,” Sherk says. “I’ve been around since the beginning.” [Read more →]


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