HermesUFC veteran and former WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca has officially stepped away from mixed martial arts.

The announcement comes after the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt was TKO’d last evening by Eric Wisely during Max Fights DM Ballroom Brawl IV in Des Moines, Iowa.

“The fans gave me the passion and strength that kept me competing at the Championship levels for all these years,” said Franca. “Without them, I couldn’t have done it. I owe it all to the fans.”

Hermes will be retiring with a career record of 19-8 in mixed martial arts with notable victories over the likes of Mike Brown, Caol Uno, Jamie Varner, Nathan Diaz, Spencer Fisher and Marcus Aurelio.