Sean Sherk, who is currently in the middle of a lengthy appeals process for a positive steroid test, will remain the UFC’s Lightweight Champion no matter the outcome of his November 13th appeal hearing according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will now face off in January in England at UFC 80 for the Interim Lightweight Championship. The winner of their match will then face Sherk whenever his suspension expires.
The match will headline the January 19th event and is joined on the card by a key heavyweight co-main event between Gabriel Gonzaga and Fabricio Werdum as well as The Ultimate Fighter 3 champion Kendall Grove who will face a yet-to-be-named opponent.
UFC President Dana White called the handling of the Sherk appeal by the California State Athletic Commission a “mess” and caused him to allow Sherk to remain champion.
With the main event and co-main event now confirmed by White an official announcement is likely not far off.