The UFC has tucked away news of Sherk’s belt strip in an article titled ‘Penn, Stevenson to Battle for UFC Lightweight Title on January 19th‘. They also pussyfoot around the word ‘stripped’ in favor of ‘withdrawing recognition':
After the California State Athletic Commission decision on Dec. 4 to reduce, but uphold, Sean Sherk’s suspension for a positive banned substance test, the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization withdrew recognition from Sherk as UFC Lightweight Champion.
BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will now compete for the 155-pound championship in the main event of January 19th’s UFC 80: RAPID FIRE card in Newcastle, England.
“I have nothing but respect for Sean Sherk and I believe he’s been honest throughout this whole process,” said UFC President Dana White. “But BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19th and Sean Sherk will fight the winner for the title.”
Now that this is all settled, we can all move on with our goddamn lives and never speak of this whole incident ever again. Except when Sherk comes out and acts like a big baby over being stripped. And when BJ Penn makes fun of Sherk. And pretty much any time we talk about anyone else getting nailed for steroids. Okay, we aren’t letting this die any time soon, I suppose. So uh … never mind!