by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Hermes Franca appeared before the California State Athletic Commission this morning requesting a reduction in his one year suspension for testing positive to the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his UFC 73 lightweight title bout with Sean Sherk. That request was denied.
Franca admitted to the use of Drostanolone in a statement to MMAWeekly on July 19. He was fined $2500 and suspended through his licensing year which is July 5, 2008, and the commission upheld that suspension.
Despite being suspended from competition until July 5, 2008, the suspension will have no bearing on Franca being able to corner fighters in California. Hermes stressed the importance of being able to corner his fighters to the commission and the commission ruled that the suspension will have no affect on him obtaining a corner-man’s license.