Sean Sherk decision postponed by CSAC until Nov. 13; Baroni suspension reduced

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) announced that it wouldn't rule on Sean Sherk's appeal until November 13th in order to review new information submitted by Sherk's attorney Howard Jacobs.

From UFC.com:

LAS VEGAS, NV October 31, 2007 – At a hearing in Los Angeles today, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) granted a second continuance for UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk's appeal of his positive test for the banned substance "Nandrolone" after his July 7th win over Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in Sacramento.

Sherk tested positive for the illegal steroid known as "Nandrolone" after his successful 155-pound title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73: "Stacked" back in July. He was immediately fined $2500 and suspended for one year.

Sherk has denied taking any banned substances and has stretched out his appeal to put together a solid defense. However information sent by Jacobs (that contests the validity of Sherk's test sample) had not yet been reviewed by all commission members in time for the hearing.

If the ruling is upheld Sherk will more than likely face a similar fate as his UFC 73 counterpart Hermes Franca. In addition, UFC President Dana White has indicated that he will be stripped of his title.

Also facing the commission was MMA veteran Phil "New York Bad Ass" Baroni who was able to secure a sentence reduction from one year to six months after throwing himself on the mercy of the court. Baroni had tested positive for Stanozolol Metabolite and Boldenone Metabolite following his TKO loss to Frank Shamrock back on June 22nd.

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