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It's sink or swim for UFC veteran Sherk

Despite a stellar 32-3-1 record in the cage, Sean Sherk knows he's only as good as his last fight in the eyes of UFC fans. That's why he considers Saturday's contest against Tyson Griffin a must-win, writes Myron Medcalf.

Originally Published: October 22, 2008
By Myron Medcalf | Special to ESPN.com

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- In the lobby of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, where Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk has trained for 14 years, a shrine to the former UFC champ greets all visitors. On the wall, there are magazine posters showing him with the UFC lightweight belt dangling over his shoulders and promotional posters from his past championship bouts.

But just a few days ago, Sherk checked his MySpace page and found a note from a friend who wanted to know when he was going to ...

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