Former UFC lightweight champion Sean â€œThe Muscle Sharkâ€ Sherk has been removed from the suspension list issued by the California State Athletic Commission, according to MMAJunkie. Sherk was suspended by the CSAC after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone following a successful UFC 73 title defense against Hermes Franca, who coincidentally also tested positive for steroids after the 2007 bout.
The report added that Sherk had failed in ongoing efforts to fight the allegations handed down by the state of California:
â€œUnlike Franca, Sherk appealed, even hiring noted doping lawler Howard Jacobs. After a series of delays, his suspension was ultimately reduced to six months. Sherk had hoped to clear his name of any wrongdoing, but the CSAC’s verdict was upheld. Sherk has vowed never to fight in California again. His suspension technically ran from July 7 until Jan. 7, but he remained on the suspension list until he paid his $2,500 fine, which didn’t come until Monday (April 14).â€
News of Sherkâ€™s lifted suspension comes on the heels of the NSACâ€™s recent decision to carry out additional drug screening on Sherk prior to his UFC 84 match with B.J. Penn:
â€œThe Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) voted in favor of the extra measure because the â€œMuscle Sharkâ€ tested positive for a banned anabolic agent (Nandrolone) in the wake of his successful title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73: â€œStackedâ€ in July 2007â€¦Sherk was apparently present for the NSAC proceedings via telephone and agreed to submit the extra sample during the week of April 21 â€” one full month prior to his fight with Penn.â€
Sean Sherk is slated to meet “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn in a long awaited bout at UFC 84 “ILL WILL” which will take place on May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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