MMAWeekly.com is reporting that UFC president Dana White revealed during a press conference on Monday to promote UFC 78 in Newark, NJ this Saturday that he will honor the California State Athletic Commission’s ruling by stripping Sean Sherk of the lightweight title if Sherk’s appeal is upheld on Dec. 4.
White had been quoted by Yahoo! last week as saying that Sherk would remain champion regardless of CSAC’s ruling.
B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson are scheduled to fight for the interim lightweight title on Jan. 19 in New Castle, England. If Sherk’s appeal is overturned, White indicated that he will fight the winner of Penn vs. Stevenson as soon as a match could take place. The bout would unify the lightweight and interim lightweight titles.
“B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson are going to fight for the interim title,” MMAWeekly.com quoted White as saying. “We’ll see what happens with Sherk. If Sherk is found guilty, we’ll support the (California) State Athletic Commission and he’ll probably be stripped of his title. If not, then he’ll keep his title and it will be champion vs. champion.”