News trickled out of the UFC offices on Saturday before ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Finale that UFC lightweight champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk (32-2-1) had been stripped of his belt after the California State Athletic Commission didn’t overturn his positive drug test from back in July.
After months and months of waiting things out, the CSAC decided on December 4th that it would shorten Sherk’s suspension in half to six months, but it wasn’t enough for the UFC to change its mind.
The UFC has stripped former title holders of their belts due to positive drugs tests in the past (ie. Josh Barnett & Tim Sylvia), the CSAC’s decision gave them no option other than strip Sherk.
With an upcoming interim title match between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson, the UFC had the luxury of doing so knowing that Sherk is off his suspension on January 3rd.
There was talk Dana White was going to allow Sherk to continue being champ with the condition that he would have to face the winner of the Penn/Stevenson match right away.
With an already stacked Lightweight division, this just makes things a little more interesting.