UFC officials confirmed over the weekend that they have stripped Sean Sherk of the UFC Lightweight Championship.
The announcement comes just days after the California State Athletic Commission decided to reduce Sherk’s positive test for anabolic steroids rather than overturning it. Sherk will be permitted to return to action next month and was not fined by the commission.
The scheduled bout between B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in January will now be for the actual title instead of the interim belt.
UFC President Dana White announced earlier today that Sherk will face the winner of the fight at some point next year:
“I have nothing but respect for Sean Sherk and I believe he’s been honest throughout this whole process,” said UFC President Dana White. “But BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19th and Sean Sherk will fight the winner for the title.”
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