If you’ve just emerged from living under a rock for the past 9 months, here’s what’s up: Sean Sherk tested positive for nandrolone and Phil Baroni tested positive for a delicious cornucopia of various steroids. Both were suspended for a year, and today they’re getting a hearing in front of the CSAC. Well, they’re getting ANOTHER hearing. Both fighters have already appeared in front of the CSAC and they filed a motion to delay their hearings to ‘gather more evidence’.
The case is pretty stacked against both fighters. For Sherk, the best defense he’ll be able to muster is proving he unknowingly took nandrolone through supplements. Keith Keizer from the NSAC said the only way a fighter can be cleared in those conditions is if the supplement is on an ‘approved supplement’ list and batch tests confirmed it was tainted. Not fucking likely in this case, considering Sherk was ingesting over 30 different types of supplements a week.
For Baroni, I have no idea what his defense is gonna be, but he and his agent did sound like they had all sorts of evidences and such to prove he was innocent. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens there. Baroni’s prospects look even worse than Sherk’s, though. While both are pretty much guaranteed to be found guilty, at least Sherk is going to walk out with a reasonable excuse for his accidental doping.
But one thing is for sure: if Sherk’s assface lawyer tries to get another extension and delays this any more, I’m gonna flip my goddamn lid. I honestly couldn’t give much of a shit either way what happens here … I just want the lightweight belt out of limbo. And since Dana White seems unwilling to strip his good buddy till the CSAC makes their final decision, it better be sooner rather than later.