"The Muscle Shark," who still has two bouts remaining on his ZUFFA contract, had just one fight since losing a unanimous decision to Frankie Edgar nearly three years ago, a controversial split decision win over division upstart Evan Dunham at UFC 119 back in Sept. 2010.
But he's still one of the best fighters in the world, according to his conversation with MMA Fighting, he's just waiting for the right match-up to complete his "legacy."
"I'm not ready to walk away. I consider myself still one of the top fighters in the world, I just want to get the right fight, get the right fight for my legacy. I don't want to fight up and comers. I don't want to fight guys trying to make a name for themselves, I want to fight guys who have been there and done that, guys who I feel like have something to offer me just as much as I have to offer them. It's big fights, is what I want. A rematch would be nice, one of my losses. I'm always game for trying to avenge a loss, or maybe just another contender, someone who's exciting, someone who's fast-paced. Off the top of my head, take your pick, the lightweight division is stacked with so many great fighters out there."
Sherk (36-4), along with fellow ex-straphangers Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, ruled the championship roost in the early days of the promotion's popularity boom. Dominant at 170-pounds, he was virtually invincible as a lightweight.
Until B.J. Penn decided to crash the party.
Since then, his appearances have been sporadic at best and produced mixed results. At 38-years-old, the clock is definitely ticking, but his experience, coupled with his outstanding wrestling pedigree, still makes him a threat to anyone in the 155-pound division.
Who do you have in mind?