MFC Releases Hermes Franca Following Sexual Abuse Arrest

Written by Tom Ngo
May 19th, 2011

Hermes Franca

The Maximum Fighting Championship has terminated the contract of Hermes Franca after the controversial lightweight was arrested for sexual assault in Clackamas County in Oregon. The former UFC star faces seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree.

The 36-year-old was scheduled to fight Drew Fickett on June 10th at “MFC 30: Up Close & Personal.”

“Mr. Franca breached his contract by fighting outside of the organization only 15 days after his bout at MFC 29, and then he fought again six days after that in Brazil and lost,” said MFC owner Mark Pavelich.

“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’s bail was set at $250,000 and his trial is scheduled for July 12th in the Clackamas County Courthouse.

Fickett’s new opponent is expected to be announced shortly.

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