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Report: Sherk and Franca test positive

I’ve been busy today with a few MMA-content related things I’ve been working on so I haven’t been keeping up with things like normal. But as soon as I took a break and did some surfing one of the first things I saw was a report on that both Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca have failed drug tests administered by the California State Athletic Commission related to their title match at UFC 73.

According to, Sherk tested positive for Nandrolene Metabolite. The article goes on to state that the normal level of Nandrolene range from 2 ng/ml to 6 ng/ml. Sherk’s reported level was 12 ng/ml.


He’s been fined $2,500 and suspended for a year. There is no comment available from Sherk or the UFC in regard to this story and there’s no word as to how the situation will he handled in regard to Sherk’s possession of the UFC lightweight title.

Franca actually contacted with a statement announcing that in the next few days, CSAC will reveal drug testing information from UFC 73. In the letter he states that he indeed tested positive and claims that he used steroids eight weeks before his fight to treat an ankle injury that he had sustained.

Franca reportedly tested positive for Drostanolone and has been fined $2,500 by the commission and suspended for a year.

You can read Franca’s contrite and candid statement by clicking here.

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