Sean Sherk has been unable to compete in the UFC since testing positive for steroids following a win against Hermes Franca on July 7. He has maintained his innocence and has been scheduled to receive a hearing on an appeal twice; both were rescheduled. Damon Martin of MMAWeekly recently sat down with Sherk to discuss his frustrations.
Sherk On His Appeal Process:
It makes me real angry. They had a lot of time to prepare for my case and they weren’t prepared and now I’m the one suffering for it. I’m the only one suffering in this whole situation. I mean, I’m sitting here and I feel kind of helpless. I’m in the hands of the California commission and I don’t know if they’re not taking this case as serious as they should or what the deal is, but it’s real, real frustrating for me. I have to get myself mentally ready before I can get myself physically ready to fight. And mentally right now I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what’s going on with my career. I don’t know when I’m going to be eligible to fight. I’m in limbo right now and I really just have no clue what’s going on in my career.
Sherk On His Supplements:
As far as supplements go, just multi-vitamins and protein right now. As I get closer to fight time, I have to train harder and take more supplements. I’m going to have to take a real serious look at what I’m taking. I mean, in the past, I had no idea that you could actually buy a supplement over the counter and it was illegal. I figured if it was at GNC it was legal. Fortunately for me, nothing I was taking was illegal. That was just a fortunate circumstance for me that I was not taking any illegal, over-the-counter supplements. I’m going to have to take a hard look at it, but with all the contamination in the supplements, there are ingredients that are not listed in supplements, you’ve got to be careful. Obviously I can’t send every single one of my supplements to a lab and have it tested for contamination before I take it, that’s going to cost me a lot of money. So I’m just going to have to take a look at what I’m taking and be a little bit more on the careful side.
Sherk On The UFC:
The support from the UFC’s been great. I’ve talked to Dana several times and I know the Fertittas back me up and everyone within the organization backs me up. So that right there, it helps out so much to have that support group right there, and the fans. The fans that support me, I get a lot of e-mails everyday from fans telling me they got my back and they support me; that stuff helps a lot. If I didn’t have that support then this whole situation would be ten times harder than it is.
Sherk On The Interim Title Fight Between Joe Stevenson And BJ Penn:
To be honest, even an interim title doesn’t make me too happy. This belt hasn’t been taken away from me, it’s still my belt. If I get cleared from my hearing to fight, I’m eligible to fight right now, so I don’t think that the idea of an interim title… it doesn’t make me too happy. I’ll just have to fight whoever wins that fight. If somebody wants to wrap that belt around their waist and call themselves champion, I think it should be me. Otherwise, it’s just a little fake belt.