Sean Sherk's suspension by the California State Athletic Commission has prompted the UFC to strip the the lightweight of his title belt. Sherk (32-2-1) tested positive for nandrolone and was originally suspended one year and fined $2,500 in July.
On December 4, the CSAC voted to reduce the suspension to six months, but it did not rule Sherk "not guilty". Sherk has indicated he may take civil action against the CSAC.
B.J. Penn and Joe Stevenson are now set to fight for the lightweight title at UFC 80 on January 19, 2008.