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Sean Sherk: Wrestlemania In the Octagon

April 1st, 2003 · No Comments · News

Sean Sherk: Wrestlemania In the Octagon

By Donald Courtemanche

The main event for UFC 42 will pit wrestler against wrestler, as Matt Hughes defends his welterweight title for the fourth time against undefeated juggernaut, Sean Sherk.

Sherk has his work cut out for him, facing one the UFC’s most dominant champions of all time, but he’s confident that the outcome will be in his favour. “Obviously I think I’m going to win,” says Sherk, “or I wouldn’t have taken the fight. I think it’s going to be a five round war and there will be a new welterweight champion when it’s over.”

While Hughes, along with many of the other competitors, is working to make weight, Sherk is set to go. “I’m pretty much right on target for my weight. I’m just going to chill and do some stretching. I’m all done training. My last workout was yesterday. I worked out more than usual for this fight. I usually work out a lot but this time I work out extra and with guys twenty to thirty pounds heavier”

Sean Sherk got his start in MMA in Minnesota, at the Brooklyn Center, in 1994. “I found it [the gym] after watching the first UFCs. I started training as a student with no plans to compete because they didn’t have weight classes and I was only 155 lbs. But, I kept training and I watched things progress. When they came out with weight classes, my trainer asked me to fight.”

Both Hughes and Sherk are wrestlers foremost – a fact that doesn’t really please Sherk. “If I had a choice, I wouldn’t choose to fight another wrestler. It causes a clash in styles. I’d rather fight jiu jitsu fighters or boxers. But I’m not too stressed out about it. I’ve fought wrestlers before of course and I know what to do. In the past, Matt has been beaten by submissions, but I’m more of a wrestler, ground and pound fighter. It’s going to come down to who wants it more.”

If Sherk makes it past Hughes and claims the title, he plans to hold onto it for a long time. “My plan is to fight for as long as I can. I don’t see myself doing anything else. I’m not a nine to five kind of guy. I’m my own boss when I’m fight and I like that. As long as I’m winning I’ll continue to fight. I’m competing in Abu Dhabi in a few weeks, so either way; I’m back in the gym after this fight.”

Although the champion is known as a wrestler, he continues to make headway in all areas of MMA, making him a very well rounded fighter. According to Sherk, it’s no different with him. “I’d have to say my wrestling is my strongest point – fighting on my back needs to catch up. After all, I’ve been wrestling for twenty years and done Jiu Jitsu for only five. But don’t get me wrong, I am pretty good from my back as well. I just haven’t had to use it. It’s the same on my feet; if someone stops my takedown, they’ll see that I can box.”



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