Despite the lack of an official announcement, it’s about as official as it’s ever going to be: Sean Sherk has been stripped of his lightweight belt. Rumblings earlier in the day had a source close to Dana White saying Sherk had been stripped but that the UFC didn’t feel like they needed to make a big deal of the news. Then during the TUF6 finale, they showed a quick card for UFC80 with Joe Stevenson vs BJ Penn being for the LW belt … no ‘interim’ anywhere around.
This is a big fucking relief for people like me who were sick of Sean Sherk holding up the LW division with his random shenanigans. Regular readers will be sick of me re-hashing this, but for the sake of the newbies: I hate Sean Sherk because he accepted the fight for the vacant LW belt against Kenny Florian knowing that he’d have to take several months off afterwards for surgery. This put the LW division into a lurch which it still hasn’t recovered from. And then this steroid shit. Sean won the belt back in October of 2006. Since then he’s only defended it once.
Throughout all of this shit Sean Sherk has been sitting on the sidelines grousing like a little bitch at the idea that the UFC would dare to create an interim belt. The idea that he’d be stripped didn’t even cross his mind:
“They were going to crown an interim champion in the process while I’m sitting on the sidelines,” Sherk said Tuesday. “As far as I know I’m not losing the belt. [UFC president Dana White] believes me when I tell him I didn’t take nandrolone. Otherwise, if he didn’t believe me, he would have stripped the belt. Fortunately he believes me. I’ve always been honest with him.”
Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed and the UFC did strip Sherk. If Sherk was able to think outside his own little universe for a few moments he’d understand the reasons behind it too. Regardless of if Dana White believes Sean or not, he was found guilty of using performance enhancers by a government run sanctioning body. To ignore this and pretend like it didn’t happen would have disastrous effects to the legitimacy not only of the UFC titles, but of the organization as a whole.
Thank baby Jesus that Sherk was finally stripped of the belt. Now we can put this whole stupid incident behind us and actually have some title fights.