Former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk tested positive for banned substances after his first title defense win over Hermes Franca who also tested positive as well. Sherk fought his suspension with the CSAC for several months after claiming he never used any banned substances. Sherk hired a sports lawyer who was familiar with the appeals process, probably spending more than he made during his fight with Franca to prove his innocence.
Sherk spoke toabout his past experiences with the now former head of the CSAC Armando Garcia, who as we reported earlier resigned in the midst of controversy and a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Sherk also brought up a good point during the interview that the UFC has not returned to the State of California since UFC 73, when he and Franca were suspended. He also hinted that Gracia and the CSAC may have been the reason behind that decision. As we all know many critics have wondered why fighters who have tested positive in California for illegal substances, have never had the problems in the past?
One fighter who comes to mind is EliteXC Heavyweight Champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who is now sidelined for a year from fighting after testing positive for steroids. Silva claimed the use of steroids could actually kill him because his body actually produces too much testosterone, and caused a tumor which needed to be removed surgically. Silva said in a press release to Gracie Mag he suffers from “Acromegalia” which makes his body produce enough testosterone for five men, which could make Silva test positive easily under standard testing done for steroids.
If Silva actually had proof of this medical issue the first question that comes to mind is; why was he suspended in the first place? There is no word as of yet if Silva’s management will petition the new commissioner and ask for another hearing later on down the line. If Garcia was allegedly corrupted as a official during his time at the CSAC, his decisions should receive the attention they deserve in any investigations that occur as well.