Both Sherk and Franca served suspensions but have since returned to the Octagon and will fight tonight at UFC 90, and there's something strange about the way they're being received: The fans love Franca and hate Sherk.
At yesterday's weigh-in, Sherk was booed loudly, and I heard several fans make shouts and catcalls about steroids. But Franca was cheered loudly, and I didn't hear any fan say anything about steroids.
Why? What is it about Sherk that makes fans hold it against him that he tested positive, while Franca is forgiven? It's a strange thing about performance-enhancing drug use, across all sports, that fans and the media have inconsistent attitudes toward the athletes who get caught. Sometimes it's quickly forgiven and forgotten; other times it's a permanent stain on an athlete's career.
For UFC fans, Franca is in the former category, while Sherk is in the latter.