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Former UFC champ Sean Sherk expects return to the ring in 2012

One of the forgotten lightweights in MMA has been Sean Sherk, the 38-year old former lightweight champion who has been sidelined for more than a year for injury-related reasons. While Sherk hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since beating Evan Dunham at UFC 119 it appears he’s back in shape and itching to compete again at some point in the coming months.

“I will be coming back before the year’s end,” revealed Sherk through Twitter. “But I need a good fight, not some chump who needs some fame!”

While there is no question Sherk will be extremely fit when he does indeed make his way down to the infamous eight-sided cage there will certainly be questions about his ability to compete after the extended layoff and relative inactivity in the last five years. Sherk, who beat Kenny Florian for the UFC title in 2006, has only fought a handful of times since, going 3-2 with a tainted victory over Hermes Franca where both fighters ultimately tested positive for steroid use. Since then he has beaten Dunham and Tyson Griffin while falling in bouts to B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar.

Sherk holds an overall record of 36-4 with other notable instances of success over Tiki Ghosn, Karo Parisyan, and Nick Diaz. Fifteen of his total wins have come by way of decision with another thirteen submissions to his credit as well.

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MMATraining Take: Sherk is kidding himself if he thinks he deserves a quality opponent after only averaging a single fight a year for the past half-decade. He’s lucky to still be employed by the UFC at this point and is no place to make demands.

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