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Franca’s Appeal Denied; Sherk Granted Extension

Hermes Franca, who tested positive for steroids following his UFC 73 title match against Sean Sherk, has had his appeal denied. Franca received a one year suspension as well as a $2500 fine as a result of the test. The appeal was seeking a reduced punishment but the initial suspension, which runs until July 5, 2008, was upheld. He will be able to obtain a corner-man license and the suspension will not affect his ability to corner fighters in California.

Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk and former UFC fighter Phil Baroni were both officially granted extensions to their appeal delaying their hearing until October.

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