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Speaking of the "I got stripped of my world title" club: Ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome to our list Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk.
Unlike Tim Sylvia, Sherk adamantly denies ever using any illegal substances, and even went as far as to take a trio of polygraph tests in an effort to convince people of his innocence:
I didn’t know you could go into a store like a GNC and buy something that would have illegal stuff in it, but I guess you can. I was stunned. I didn’t know that. I’ve also started doing my own pre-testing, which I’ll do before every fight now just to be sure…
I took the polygraph test three times to try and prove that I was telling the truth. I know they say polygraphs aren’t 100% reliable, but after three tests you’d think that if I was lying it would have shown up in at least one of them. I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve always said that and tried to prove that. I have absolutely nothing to hide.
I’ve done everything I can do to clear my name. It’s up to each individual to look at the facts and decide for themselves whether they believe me or not. The problem is that a lot of people don’t bother to look at the facts first. They just hear "positive test" and they look at me and what I’ve done and think, "Oh, he’s got to be on something."
The champ was stripped of his title and given a $2,500 fine, as well as a one-year suspension from the CSAC. However, after a compelling appeal process heard Sherk argue that the testing facility used dirty vials and had botched the chain of custody, his sentence was reduced to six months on the sidelines.
Sherk never reclaimed his title, and despite an outstanding record of 34-2-1 prior to his drug failure, the chiseled lightweight has put together a paltry 2-2 after the fact.