The much-anticipated appearance of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk in front of the California State Athletic Comission was expected to take place today but Sherk has filed for an extension delaying the hearing until October according to Sherdog. The hearing was meant to confirm or overturn Sherk’s fine and suspension he received after testing positive for steroids in a post-fight drug test following UFC 73.
Sean Sherk was tentatively scheduled to face B.J. Penn in the main event of UFC 78 in New Jersey in November but after the positive test the match essentially fell apart pending the results of the appeal. Sherk has recently stated that he intends to face Penn at the event pending the results of the appeal. Should the positive not be overturned Sherk is expected to be stripped of his lightweight title and Penn is expected to face another top lightweight contender for the vacant title.
The decision to move the hearing to the CSAC’s next hearing date in October came after Sherk and his attorney did not have adequate time to make their case in time for today’s hearings.
Hermes Franca, who challenged Sherk at UFC 73 and also tested positive for steroids, is expected go in front of the CSAC today with hopes of reducing the length of his suspension which is currently one year in length.