It hasn’t been a good week for American fighters in foreign countries.

First, Junie Browning managed to become the target of the Phucket police or the Thai mafia (we’re not really sure which). Then, charges were brought against Brock Lesnar in Alberta, Canada for a trio of hunting violations. And now comes word from Fighters Only Magazine that Sean Sherk was mistakenly detained by “carloads” of MP5-wielding police officers in the UK.

As he was being ferried into the area, the car he was travelling in was stopped by a roadblock and armed police swooped on the vehicle. Police had the vehicle on their database as being linked to a local man who they believe to be a key gangland figure.

Sherk thought the car was being subjected to a routine stop until it turned out to involve several carloads of police officers carrying automatic weapons, including Hechler and Koch MP5 machine guns – the UK police do not normally carry guns.

Having remained sat in his passenger seat because he had not understood an instruction to exit the vehicle, Sherk was dragged out by tense officers. They cuffed his hands behind his back and pulled him away where he was none too gently searched before being dumped on the floor.

Fortunately for Sherk, the ordeal ended there when the police failed to find any weapons in the vehicle. He was released and sent on his merry way.

Speaking of Sherk, it’s actually been quite awhile since we’ve seen him in the Octagon. He decided to take some time off to nurse some nagging injuries after he defeated Evan Dunham last year at UFC 119. He recently told MMA HQ that he plans to return to action next year, get a couple wins and hopefully make another run at the lightweight title.

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