Las Vegas, NV (USA) – On the night before the biggest football game of the year, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization takes center stage with an immense night of hard-hitting heavyweight fight action. At UFC 81, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will put former WWE Champion and world-renowned superstar Brock Lesnar to the ultimate test, as Lesnar makes his move from the squared circle into the Octagon™ to prove that he is for real. This will be a feature fight of the night at UFC 81: BREAKING POINT taking place live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Feb. 2, 2008, on the eve of Super Bowl XLII.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Sean Sherk is scheduled to appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday to receive a ruling on his appeal of a yearlong suspension for steroid use.
Sherk tested positive for Nandrolone shortly after his title defense against Hermes Franca at UFC 73 in July.
The hearing comes after two delays to the appeal. In August, Sherk and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, requested a continuance because they hadn’t received pertinent information on the case from the CSAC. On Oct. 31, the commission discovered they were missing Jacobs’ legal brief outlining his defense. After settling on an initial date of Nov. 13, the commission pushed back the date to this week.
Tito Ortiz competed only one time in 2007; in a draw against The Ultimate Fighter season two-winner Rashad Evans at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 in July. After some time away from fighting, healing injuries and filming the television series “The Apprentice,” Ortiz expects to return to the Octagon in May 2008.
“My last fight, before I fought Rashad (Evans), I wasn’t 100 percent, and I just wanted to make sure if I ever fight again I’m going to be 100 percent,” Ortiz told MMAWeekly.com “The back injury that I sustained kind of hindered me for fight time. Now it’s a lot better, and May will be my next fight.
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UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures), who was suspended for one year after testing positive for Nandrolone Metabolites following his victory over Hermes Franca (Pictures) at UFC 73 on July 7, had his suspension reduced to six months on Tuesday, reports Sherdog.com editor Josh Gross.
The California State Athletic Commission upheld a fine of $2500. Sherk, 34, will be eligible to return to the Octagon in January.