Today UFC.com has officially announced that the fight between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will be for the UFC lightweight title, stripping Sherk of his title. Dana White also stated that Sherk will be first in line for a title shot with the winner.
“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.”
Sean Sherk tested positive for steroids after his fight with Hermes Franca at UFC 73. Earlier this month the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) upheld their ruling, but reduced Sherks suspension from one year to six months, making Sherk eligible to fight in late January 2008.