Sean Sherk, the current UFC Lightweight Champion, will go in front of the California State Athletic Commission in mere moments to argue for his positive steroid test to be overturned. Sherk tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone following his July win over Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento.
The hearing began at 12pm eastern time and we are currently waiting to receive word on their decision.
If the suspension is overturned Sherk will remain the UFC lightweight champion and will likely face BJ Penn in December. If it is upheld he will be stripped of the title and Penn will likely face Joe Stevenson in December for the vacant championship. He also faces a $2,500 fine and a suspension until July 6th, 2008 if positive tests are not overturned.
Additionally, Kazuhiro Nakamura, who tested positive for marijuana following his September loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 76 in Anaheim, will also have his appeal heard today. If upheld, Nakamura will be fined $500 and suspended until December 21st.