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Dana’s one stage closer to freeing the LW belt

Finally, a moment of sanity in this whole Sean Sherk debacle:

Sherk’s appeal before the California commission will be in October. [Dana] White said he hadn’t made up his mind what to do because he said he believes Sherk’s denials, but he said if Sherk is suspended by the commission, he would probably strip him of the belt.

I don’t like the whole ‘hasn’t made up his mind / probably’ wording Dana’s using, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. I think Dana White is just going through the 5 stages at the moment:

  1. Denial : The initial stage: “There must be some kind of mistake, Sean is a good man.”
  2. Anger : “Fucking Hermes Franca. This is all his fault somehow
  3. Bargaining : “Maybe he will keep it and maybe he won’t … we’re still talking everything out.”
  4. Depression : “I haven’t made up my mind … I guess we would probably strip him”
  5. Acceptance : “Sherk is definately going to be suspended, regardless of if it was supplement contamination or aliens from Mars that were responsible. We’ll strip him of the belt and then just give him an immediate title shot once his suspension is up because me and Sherk are butt buddies”

He seems to have hit step 4 by now, so lets see if it takes until Sherk’s hearing in October before he hits stage 5 and stops putting off the inevitable. Everyone and their dog knows Sherk is gonna get suspended over this … so why are we all sitting around waiting for the inevitable? Either Dana or Sean should do the right thing and vacate the belt in the meantime so the lightweight division doesn’t slam to a halt again. It’s not like Sherk can’t come back and fight for it once his year is up anyways.

  • Teufel

    If Sherk honestly didn’t do anything wrong, then he does deserve an opportunity to prove his innocence. It’s hard to say what will happen this time around. When Barnett got busted after his fight with Couture the belt was vacated and a new title fight was set 5 months later. When Sylvia got busted it was 16 months until the next title bout was announced (and the first shot was given to… Sylvia).

    It’s entirely possible that the UFC may vacate the belt, but not announce a new champion until Sherk returns next year and give him the first crack at the belt.

  • MJC_123

    Exactly what I have been saying.
    Vacate the belt Sean, come back in a year and fight for the belt or be proved right and fight for it straight away riding wave, after wave of apologies.

    I doubt the second option.

  • DJ Hapa

    I don’t blame Dana. He is just waiting to see if the unexpected and unlikely happens. That us, the commision might clear Sherk or just suspend him for a really, really short time.

    There is no rush if the hearing is in October.

  • kenny the swede

    Step 6: Vengence
    “Do you want to be a fucking intern!!???” A team of Zuffa interns scour the greater Vegas metro area in search of a homeless man who resembles Sherk. The interns drop off the Sherk-like homeless man at Dana’s penthouse apartment where he pistol whips him while shaking his 2006 W-2 in his face. “You fucking roid monger! Look at this!”

  • steve24

    Probably strip him of the belt??
    He should definitely strip him of the belt. And when Sherk returns, he should have about 2 fights before he gets to fight for the title again.

  • Stu

    “… he said if Sherk is suspended by the commission, he would probably strip him of the belt.”

    But Sherk WAS suspended by the commission so that’s not really an argument.

  • James Early

    See the problem with this situation is that the set limit of Nandrolone (sp?) is set way too low… It fucking gay shit because I wanna see BJ Penn whoop on Sean Sherk. That was the match that Dana had in his bald little head before Sherk got busted..

    The thing is there may be a reason why the Athletic Commissions set the limit that low.. So if its true they must explain themselves or they dont know what the fuck is going on and have their own dicks up their own asses….