When it rains it pours, former UFC lightweight contender Hermes Franca is currently sitting in Clackamas County jail facing charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration. Monday Franca, with the advise of his attorney turned himself in and pleaded no guilty to nine criminal counts. Bond has been set at $250,000.
- 7 counts of first degree sexual abuse
- 3 counts of second degree unlawful sexual penetration.
Franca is being accused of the crime by a female minor at a BJJ academy in Clackamas, where he once taught.
Maximum Fighting Championships has already released this statement,
An immediate search is underway to replace Franca who was slated to fight Drew Fickett on Friday, June 10 at MFC 30: Up Close & Personal. Fickett’s new opponent is expected to be announced shortly.
“Mr. Franca’s legal situation is a matter in the hands of law enforcement officials and soon to be going before the courts and because of that there will not be any further comment on those allegations, but I have taken immediate action to indicate that he is no longer going to be part of my organization,” stated MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
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Former UFC lightweight contender Hermes Franca announces his retirement from fight following his TKO loss to Eric Wisely (12-4) Friday night at MaxFightsDM.
“The fans gave me the passion and strength that kept me competing at the championship levels for all these years. Without them, I couldn’t have done it.
I owe it all to the fans,” said Franca, while indicating that his body just can’t keep up with the demands of today’s elite level fighters. [MMAWeekly]
The 35 year old Brazilian fighter, will continue to teach his students at his gym in East West Combat Club in Syracuse, NY.