Sherk Releases Statement on Appeal Options: Email Article | Printer Friendly Monday, July 23, 2007 by Sherdog.com Staff Sean Sherk (Pictures) has retained an attorney and plans to fight the allegations that he used anabolic steroids in the run-up to his July 7 title defense against Hermes Franca (Pictures). In a press release, Sherk clearly maintained his innocence although he had no immediate explanation for the positive test. "At the present time, I cannot explain the positive drug test in Sacramento, California," stated the UFC lightweight champion. "I know that I have never used any steroids or other banned substances, and I am investigating possible causes of the positive test with my attorney. I have never cheated, and all of my success has come from hard work and dedication to my sport." Sherk has retained Howard Jacobs of Los Angels, California to represent him in his appeal of his suspension and fine. That appeal will be heard in Los Angeles at a California State Athletic Commission meeting scheduled for August 6 at 10 a.m. Hermes Franca (Pictures), who challenged Sherk at UFC 73 and Phil Baroni (Pictures) who tested positive after his June 22 fight with Frank Shamrock (Pictures) are also slated to have their appeals heard.