UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s steroid appeal has been postponed yet again by the California State Athletic Commission. His appeal will now continue on November 13th. Sherk’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, presented information to the CSAC in advance of today’s hearing but it was not distributed in time for a ruling to be made today. Instead, the commission will review the evidence in preparation for another hearing in two weeks.
Sherk tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone following his win over Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento in July.
A decision is expected to be handed down at the upcoming hearing barring another delay. He currently faces a $2,500 fine and one-year suspension until July 6th of 2008. His appeal is seeking to have the suspension overturned outright or reduced. His defense has focused on over the counter supplements which could have resulted in a false positive and a polygraph test Sherk successfully took to prove his innocence.
The continued delays in the case have put the lightweight division on hold pending the outcome of the appeal. If the case is upheld UFC President Dana White has stated he will strip Sherk of the lightweight title and contenders Joe Stevenson and BJ Penn were expected to square off for the vacant belt in December at UFC 79. If the test is overturned Sherk was expected to face Penn on the same card. The latest delay, however, has put those plans in jeopardy. With just one and a half months remaining once the case is resolved on November 13th it is not known if the fighters will be prepared for a title fight on such short notice.
Continue reading for the official UFC statement on today’s hearing…
The UFC has released the following statement on UFC.com:
At a hearing in Los Angeles today, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) granted a second continuance for UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s appeal of his positive test for the banned substance “Nandrolone” after his July 7th win over Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento.
The continuance will allow the CSAC to review documents submitted by Sherk’s attorney. It is expected that Sherk’s continued appeal will take place in the next meeting Nov. 13, 2007.
Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com for more updates on the case in the coming weeks.