Sean Sherk has reached the pinnacle of MMA, wearing the UFC lightweight title back in 2006.

Since 2008, however, Sherk has fought just four times total – going 2-2 – due to a rash of injuries. In fact, his last bout came two years ago when he defeated Evan Dunham.

So, is the ex-champion retired? Not entirely, as Sherk told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

I’ve just been injured. I’ve got some injuries that need surgery, and I really don’t want to have surgery. I don’t like it. I don’t like the down time. I’m trying to get myself healthy without having any kind of surgery.

Sherk (36-4-1) lost the UFC title when he was stripped of the belt for a failed post-fight drug test following a win over Hermes Franca. He reported that two fights remain on his contract, and he plans to remain a UFC fighter for the duration of his career.

“I wouldn’t fight anywhere else anyways.”