There must be something in the air, as Sean Sherk (36-4-1) joins the list of MMA veterans calling for a comeback in back to the future promotion Bellator MMA.
The former UFC Lightweight champion took to his Facebook page after last night’s Bellator 149 main event to make the claim. Royce Gracie defeated Ken Shamrock in controversial fashion, when the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend (inadvertently?) kneed Shamrock in the groin, following up with ground strikes to secure a TKO win.
Sherk said on Facebook: “I’m glad Royce Gracie won that fight last night, now I’m just to go ahead and say what I’ve been thinking for the last year.
“I would love the opportunity to come out of retirement and fight Royce Gracie in Bellator. I think the fans would love to see something like that and I would love the opportunity to fight a living legend.”
Sherk rose to prominence throughout the 2000’s as one of the UFC’s most badass athletes. For the size and stature of Sherk, it made the punishment he inflicted inside the octagon even more jaw-dropping.
“The Muscle Shark” last fought back in September 2010 at UFC 119, gaining a split decision win over Evan Dunham, however he did not announce his official retirement until 2013.
The 42 year old’s career highlight saw him capture the vacant UFC Lightweight title against Kenny Florian at UFC 64: Unstoppable in 2006.
Bellator 149 controversy aside, it is clear that the uber appeal of Bellator MMA to mixed martial arts veterans is growing each and every day. The tried and tested formula seems to be paying off for Bellator on Spike TV as well, with the network continuing to support the promotion with their revival of some of MMA’s greatest rivalries.