Sean Sherk is currently preparing for one of the biggest MMA fights in his career. Sherk lost his lightweight belt due to a positive steroid test. Dana White stripped his title and he was given a 6-month suspension by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
BJ "The Prodigy" Penn and Joe Stevenson fought toe to toe for the new lightweight championship belt. Penn was victorious during the night of UFC 80: Rapid Fire and that was when he called out Sherk during a post-fight interview.
Sherk is pretty much through with all the trash talk and continues to focus solely on his training. Sherk is set to take on the Prodigy on May 24th over at the UFC 84 event in Nevada. Here’s what Sherk had to say about all of this:
“He’s not really fooling anyone with his talk. Maybe that’s what he uses to motivate himself but I’m not going to quit. He could be punching my face and I’ll come back and get back at him. I’ve been in so many wars. Look at how many back and forth fights I’ve been in and I’ve never given in…I actually compete better if I don’t like somebody. It tends to motivate me more, I perform better. I had a couple fights where things have happened leading into a fight that frustrated me, things my opponent was doing to throw me off. In those fights I fought better than ever before. That’s what’s going to happen with this fight. If I’m mad I don’t see red to the point where I my lose attributes – I think I gain attributes. I get faster, stronger, faster-thinking and more technical. I think it helps me out and that’s one reason why I’m really looking forward to this fight…Really this fight to me represents redemption. It represents me getting back into the cage, me winning back my title that I shouldn’t have lost in the first place. It represents a big milestone in my career because if I win this fight right here I feel I will make it to the UFC Hall of Fame and that’s my ultimate goal.”
(props to insidefighting.com)