Hermes Franca

Hermes Franca

Hermes Franca is the former WEC lightweight champion.

He retired after losing to Eric Wisely via TKO in January of 2010. At the end of September of the same year, he came out of retirement and lost to Wisely once again, this time by decision.

Things weren't looking good for Franca. He looked to snap a three-fight losing streak when he faced Moshe Kaitz in a fight in Israel. Kaitz defeated Franca via dominant unanimous decision.

Franca next faced Ferrid Kheder in Costa Rica. Hermes got robbed. The judges gave it 10-9 for every round, told the ref Hermes won so he lifted Hermes hand, then the promoter ran in and told them to give the belt to Ferrid.

On the actual scorecards, all rounds went to Hermes. The ref had a disgusted look on his face and refused to raise Ferrid's hand. The fight was afterwards overturned to a no-contest on the request of Kheder and the event's promoter. A five-round rematch was offered to Franca.

Instead, Franca next fought Jorge Sarat, winning via first-round armbar submission.

He next signed with the Canadian promotion MFC. His first fight was against Robert Washington. He defeated Washington via second-round knockout.

Franca next faced Joshua Thorpe outside of the MFC winning via first round submission.

Franca was next set to face Drew Fickett for the lightweight title that had been vacated by former champion Antonio McKee.

Franca was unfortunately arrested for sexual assault charges and was forced to drop out of the lightweight title fight. He was replaced with UFC and PFC veteran Brian Cobb. Franca's contract with MFC was terminated after Hermes also fought a second time outside of the promotion.

Franca faced Thawa Ril in Brazil losing via second round knockout.

Franca was next arrested. He was sentenced in January 2012 to three and a half years in prison.


My Thoughts On HermesEdit

He got arrested for sexual assault charges and was forced to drop out of the lightweight title fight against fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett. That sucks. His comeback is done.

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