Due to UFC 103‘s ever-changing roster, the lightweight scrap between former champ Sean Sherk and Gleison Tibau has been pushed back a month and will be held at UFC 104 inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Although no formal announcement has been made from the organization, sources close to the bout told MMAJunkie.com of the line-up change today.
Ironically, Sherk finds himself fighting in California after vowing to never compete in the state again. Sherk tested positive for a banned substance following his successful title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73 back in 2007 and was subsequently stripped of his title.
As expected, Sherk denied any foul play and appealed the ruling. Although the suspension was upheld, his case brought change to the California State Athletic Commission’s shaky testing procedures.
As far as fighting goes, Sherk has dropped two of his last three, including his most recent to Frankie Edgar at UFC 98 last May. Needless to say, this is a must-win.
Tibau posted back-to-back victories over Rich Clementi and Jeremy Stephens prior to losing a controversial split-decision to Melvin Guillard at “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” this past June.
UFC 104 will be headlined by light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida taking on challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.