According to an the Mr. Sunshine , Dana White said the UFC will not strip Sean Sherk of the UFC lightweight title, regardless of the outcome of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) meeting on November 13.
“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. He said Penn and Stevenson … will fight for the interim title as the main event of UFC 80 … The winner of that bout would then presumably face Sherk once Sherk’s status is defined by the commission.”
BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will fight at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England. The winner will then fight for the Title against Sean Sherk early in 2008.