Not too long ago, we passed along news from the Houston Chronicle that UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk was out of commission until summer 2007 with a rotator cuff injury.
Well, not much has changed. But, there is at least some bright light at the end of the tunnel.
According to the latest interview update, Sherk began light training during the last week of December for a possible return to the Octagon in June.
His potential opponent?
Here's a snip from today's Houston Chronicle:
He [Sherk] expects either Joe Stevenson or Spencer Fisher to supply the opposition. Fisher (19-2) takes on the always tough Hermes Franca on January 25 at Ultimate Fight Night 8, while Stevenson (30-7) is expected on the undercard of either UFC 67 or 68.
Franca's manager more or less echoed the same sentiments before the ink could even dry on the contract between his fighter and Fisher (To read more click here). I guess Sherk expects Fisher to be victorious at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
That's not nearly exciting, however, as the next line:
Provided Sherk passes the first-defense test, he's looking at the biggest fight of his career late this year in facing the winner of the Jens Pulver (27-7-1)-BJ Penn (10-4-1) clash in June.
Up until this point, I think a lot of people were unclear as to whether or not Penn was "one-and-done" at 155.
But, if he can avenge the loss to Pulver earlier in his career at the TUF 5 Finale on June 23, it looks like "The Prodigy" will stick around for at least on more fight — a UFC lightweight shot.
After that, it would be anyone's guess as to what the enigmatic Penn would try and do next.
Cro Cop, maybe?