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MFC releases Hermes Franca based on breach of contract, disturbing allegations

Former WEC 155-pound champ Hermes Franca has been cut by the Maximum Fighting Championship after an arrest earlier this week on charges relating to sexual contact with a minor in addition to having violated their contractual agreement by taking two fights after an April bout under the company’s banner. Franca had been previously scheduled to face Drew Fickett for the MFC lightweight title on June 10 at MFC 30 leaving the Canadian promotion on the hunt for a new contender.

“These are serious allegations that he is facing and I do not want the Maximum Fighting Championship associated in any way with these matters,” explained MFC President Mark Pavelich through a press release. “I find his these actions to be incredibly disrespectful to my company and Mr. Franca is no longer welcome as part of the Maximum Fighting Championship.”

Franca, who himself is a father, is accused of having allegedly acted out sexually with an underage girl he met at a BJJ Academy in Oregon. Little is known about the case other than that details are expected to come to light in July when it goes to trial. As it stands, the 36-year old faces seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful penetration in the second degree.

This week’s news is not the first time the colorful Brazilian has had personal problems surface as he also tested positive for steroids after a title-fight against Sean Sherk at UFC 73 in 2007.

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7 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    Hopefully the allegations are false, but even then, it’s amazing how far Franca has fallen in such a short time.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i thought it wa odd that MFC were promoting this fight while Hermes was getting knocked out in Brazil. had a felling it might go sour.
    who’s he been fucking with? i had to look up the second degree thing by the way

    person commits the crime of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree if the person penetrates the vagina, anus or penis of another with any object other than the penis or mouth of the actor and the victim is under 14 years of age.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Damm bad news for Hermes. Hope it is false.

  • Guthookd says:

    Shit. Bad news for everybody. That was going to be a great fight. Drew has been on a rampage and Franka has had some recent success as well. I was looking forward to the fight, now that I actually have HDnet.

    I hope it’s all false though, for his sake and for the sake of the girl involved. Otherwise, he just might have a pissed off father to think about every time he steps out of a court room (and BJJ doesn’t stop bullets).

  • MCM says:

    Whether he is guilty of said allegations or not, good on Pavelich for distancing himself and his company from what will be a very nasty court case. MFC is trying to promote itself as one of the top MMA promotions in North America and is doing pretty well at promoting MMA in Canada and parts of the U.S. To simply suspend Franca while he gets his personal life in order, sends the wrong message about out sport. Are you paying attention Mr. White.

    If the allegations against Hermes turn out to be false, I will definitely sympathize with him. But until he’s proven innocent, I’m reserving any judgment about him, neither scorn nor sympathy.

    On a side note Mr. Pavelich, Antonio McGee is available to fight for the title.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Ridiculous… I know this is America and the accused are innocent until proven guilty but when it’s all said and done a young girl’s life has probably changed forever… It takes a strong minded father not to end the life of a person who violates their child, I’m not that strong minded. My prayers go out to the girl and her family, hopefully this is a misunderstanding but with the charges It doesn’t sound that way.

  • TerribleT says:

    I agree 100% with Rece Rock,it sure doesn’t sound like trumped up charges and like he said a little girl’s life has probably been tarnished forever. This is horrible news !

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