According to Sean Sherk’s manger, Monte Cox, the former lightweight champion will not be facing Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 because his client is injured, not because he skipped a mandatory pre-fight pee test requested by the California State Athletic Commission. Cox vehemently denies that Sherk is juiced, he’s just got an owie.
“He separated his shoulder in training and had to pull out of his fight. [A copy of the] MRI was sent to Zuffa. He didn’t skip any test… if you’re not fighting, you’re not going to apply for a license. No big conspiracy in this,” Cox recently told BloodyElbow.com of the bogus rumors.
UFC 104 is slated to take place inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was this same Commission that found system following his UFC 73 win over Hermes Franca.
Sherk was consistent in his innocent pleas throughout his drawn out appeal process, stating that the Commission improperly handled his urine samples. Although Sherk was ultimately suspended, his sentence was reduced from one year to six months as the CSAC found some legitimacy in his claims.
“Sean has passed 7 drug tests since the California incident,” Cox noted.