Well, it’s as official as it’s gonna get without showing up on UFC.com:
White said he’s not going to strip Sherk of his lightweight championship because he is fed up with the California Athletic Commission’s handling of Sherk’s steroids case.
[Dana] said Penn and Stevenson, who said he learned on Tuesday that he and his wife will have another son, will fight for the interim title as the main event of UFC 80 in Newcastle, England, likely on Jan. 19.
Interim belts are pretty stupid in the best of scenarios, and in this case it’s an outright fraud. Since Dana is saying he’s not going to strip Sherk, this fight is nothing more than a glorified #1 contender bout. I bet you BJ Penn’s looking like someone pissed in his pineapple. Stevenson … he’s barely a real contender for the #1 contender spot so I imagine he’s just happy to headline a big show.
**Update** Here’s Kevin Iole talking with Steve Cofield about the whole kebab. LOL at Iole calling them ‘Nanabolic steroids’. But I ain’t holding it against him … I can’t even say EliteXC properly.