Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will attempt to reclaim his 155-pound belt during a pay-per-view (PPV) show slated for May 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to FightNetwork.com.
Reports surfaced yesterday, referencing this late 2007 interview with the "Muscle Shark," which indicated Sherk would fight the winner of the UFC 80 bout between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson at UFC 84 in Montreal, Canada.
That would have but two championships on the line on one card (Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre will compete for the undisputed welterweight championship that same evening).
Here's the snip:
"Recently stripped champion Sean Sherk has been slated to meet the victor of the upcoming B.J. Penn-Joe Stevenson championship bout at a future UFC event on Saturday, May 24 in Las Vegas, according to close sources in two of the three fighters' camps."
Sorry Canadian fans. The card is still shaping up nice, regardless.
Sherk was recently stripped of his belt for testing positive for steroids following a successful title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73: "Stacked" in July 2007. He endured a lengthy and controversial appeals process, as well as served a six month suspension and paid a $2,500 fine.
By the time May 2008 rolls around, it will be just Sherk's third fight in 25 months.