UFC’s current lightweight champion, Sean Sherk, had his appeal pushed to November 13 after the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) couldn’t resolve his case on October 31st.
Sherk was tested positive for steroids after fighting Hermes Franca at UFC 73-Stacked (results and pics). The CSAC apparently found excess amounts of nandrolone, much more than what the regular human body produces. However, Sherk decided to appeal his case as he assures everyone that the tests were a mistake.
His original hearing was scheduled for October 31st, but the commissioners couldn’t find a 17-page brief that was given to them by Sherk’s attorney, Howard Jacobs. Therefore, his case was pushed to November 13 since they needed time to look over those documents. Now, the CSAC has stated that the hearing will be postponed even further. Their reasons for the delay was due to "scheduling conflicts" with other fighters. No official date has been given for Sherk’s postponement. Bill Douglas, one of the CSAC associate analysts, stated the following:
“Eleven different individuals need their schedule coordinated – not an easy task”
Although the date for Sherk’s next hearing hasn’t been scheduled, Douglas stated that December 4th would be likely. Sherk still remains as the current lightweight champion of the UFC, while Dana White decided to have BJ Penn face Joe Stevenson for the interim lightweight championship belt at UFC 80: Rapid Fire.