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Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk was supposed to return to the Octagon on March 21 against Clay Guida, but that fight has been scrapped as Sherk continues to suffer from an injury.

The injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for Sherk, who at age 36 appears to be nearing the end of his fighting career.

Five Ounces of Pain first reported that the fight is off, and Sherdog reported that Sherk has a lingering injury, and there's no timetable for his return.

But the larger issue is less about Sherk vs. Guida than about Sherk's place in the sport. Sherk has a 33-4-1 record and was one of MMA's elite fighters from 2002 to 2008, but it's probably fair to say that he's just about done. After successfully defending the lightweight title at UFC 73 in July of 2007, Sherk tested positive for steroids, and since then he has fought just three times, losing twice.

Sherk's only fight in 2009 was a loss to Frankie Edgar that was notable mostly because it established Edgar as a future lightweight contender while giving other fighters the blueprint for how to beat Sherk. I don't know when we'll see Sherk again, but I do know we're done seeing him fighting at the high level he showed off for most of the last decade.