It appears as if Sean Sherk will keep his title after all. According to Steve Sievert of Brawl Sports, the UFC has confirmed that Sherk will remain their lightweight champion.
UFC president Dana White has gone back and forth on whether he would strip Sherk of his title were he to lose his appeal to the NSAC. First, White told Yahoo!Sports’ Kevin Iole that Sherk would keep the title regardless of the outcome of his appeal, then a few days later, White backpedaled on those comments stating during a conference call that Sherk would probably be stripped of his title if he were to lose his appeal.
In any event, if Steve Sievert’s report is accurate it would appear that the UFC has decided against removing Sherk’s title, rendering the need for an interim title holder obsolete.
Keep in mind that the UFC has yet to comment officially about the status of the lightweight title or the interim lightweight championship tag it has placed on the highly anticipated match-up between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson set to take place later next month.