May 23, 2009
Sean Sherk rolled out to 32-2-1 record using his bread and butter, wrestling. "The Muscle Shark" fell short in his chance to take on the best lightweight in the world in B.J. Penn. Penn gave him a boxing lesson before finishing him in the third round at UFC 84.
An angered Sherk went back to the drawing board in an attempt to become more well-rounded by drilling his boxing for the last year. Unfortunately with the improvement in his hands, Sherk has abandoned his wrestling. He faced the new breed of mixed martial artist in Frank Edgar and was simply too slow and one-dimensional in his boxing approach. Sherk stood in front of Edgar for three rounds where he consistently beat to the punch. He lost a unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards) to Edgar, who came in as a plus-220 underdog.
"I worked on my movement on my feet," said Edgar. "I didn't know what kind of gameplan he had coming in. The movement on my feet seemed to work."
Sherk, 35, attempted two takedowns the entire fight. He got Edgar down with 4:16 left in the final round but it took Edgar just 19 seconds to get back to his feet. Edgar, also a former collegiate wrestler at Clarion, attempted eight takedowns but they were mostly fake shots in an attempt to get Sherk to try and duck. Edgar, 27, would counter with a combination or an uppercut. It was a masterful peformance from the younger, more well-rounded Edgar (9-1, 5-1 UFC).
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