by Ken Pishna (Reporting by Tom Hamlin) – MMAWeekly.com
Sean Sherk, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight titleholder, went before the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday to argue his case against an alleged positive drug test result following his successful title defense against Hermes Franca on July 7. His case has been put on hold for the second time.
Apparently, Sherk’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, submitted a brief of the evidence and other details that he would be presenting on the champion’s behalf to the CSAC on Friday. Inexplicably, the brief was either not reviewed or not made available for review to the complete membership of the commission.
After some discussion between the commission and a visibly frustrated Jacobs, it was determined that Sherk’s case would remain in recess until Nov. 13, giving the members of the commission ample time to review the brief.
Sherk’s case stems from the aforementioned drug test result that allegedly indicated that he tested positive for Nandrolone Metabolite. Nandrolone is a known anabolic steroid, use of which is illegal for athletes competing in the state of California.
Upon notification of the test result, the CSAC fined Sherk $2,500 and suspended him for a total of 365 days.
His original hearing to address the charges was on Aug. 6. At that point, Sherk asked for and was granted an extension to his appeal due to not receiving information relating to his case that he or his representatives had requested from the commission.