Sean Sherk attended his third and final hearing with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) yesterday afternoon. Sherk had filed for an appeal after he had been suspended for a failed steroid test. According to the results, Sherk had exceeded the normal amount of testosterone and nandrolone levels.
His original penalty consisted of 12 months and a $2500 USD fine. However, after months of battling with the appeal, the CSAC had decided to cut his suspension in half. His first appeal was set for August, but was later moved to October 31st. When October 31st arrived, the committee moved the hearing to December 4th due to some missing paperwork. It wasn’t until yesterday that the commissioners issued the suspension time and the quantity of its fine.
Sherk last fought at UFC 73-Stacked (results and pics) and he was able to defend his title by winning a unanimous decision over Hermes Franca. The time he waited for the commission’s decision is included within his suspension time, which means that he is eligible to come back into the octagon by January of 2008.
Now, does Dana White plan on changing the interim lightweight championship between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson to a regular bout? Our only guess would be Sean Sherk fighting the winner of the interim lightweight title. We can only wait and see how things turn out.