UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk successfully defended his title for the first time on July 7, 2007 with a unanimous decision over Hermes Franca. Sherk won an easy decison by judges scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46.
It was announced at the post-fight press conference that Sherk will next face B.J. Penn in November. Penn (11-4-1) is coming off of a submission victory over Jens Pulver on June 23.