The day Sean Sherk filed for a continuance in his steroid case was the day UFC78 started to go belly up. The UFC has literally run out of belts to put on the line. Couture is out with an arm injury. Rampage is out with a hand injury. Anderson Silva defends in October. Matt Serra is busy with TUF and booked for December. And the lightweight belt is stuck pending the outcome of Sean Sherks stupid nandrolone drama.
So what was the UFC to do? The UFC couldn’t book BJ Penn vs someone and put a big asterisk next to the fight saying “May be for the LW belt, we’ll know 20 days before the show”. BJ’s not interested in sticking around if it’s not for a title shot. So now the UFC has moved Penn onto the Dec 29th card, where he’ll either face a vindicated Sean Sherk or a healed Joe Stevenson. Either way it’s gonna be for the lightweight belt, so that’s awesome. Unless of course Sean Sherk’s lawyers delay the whole thing again on some technicality.