A strange thing happened to Sean Sherk since his loss to B.J. Penn, the guy has fallen off the map for many in consideration as a top 155 pounder. USAToday/Bloody Elbow's lightweight rankings only has Sherk No. 4 in the world. Included in those rankings are two sources that have Sherk No. 8 and MMAWeekly doesn't have Sherk in its top 10.
Even more odd is the fact that BE's rankings have Kenny Florian ahead of Sherk at No. 3. Sherk posted a shutout in a five round fight against Florian back at UFC 64 yet eight of the 20 services used by BE have Florian ranked ahead of Sherk. So what's changed? Sherk doesn't understand and says the love affair with lightweights fighting in Japan is also troubling:
"There are guys ranked above me, that I've seen, that I know damn well I can beat. Rankings don't mean squat. (Shinya) Aoki is a good example. He's a big 155 pounder but he's got no boxing, no wrestling. Where does that leave you in the UFC? You can't wear pants, so guess what? You're in some trouble. I'd like to see a lot of those guys come here and I think eventually they will."
Watch Sherk speak with Cagewriter about his place in lightweight division: