Report: UFC Veteran Franca Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison


Former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca was sentenced to 42 months in prison on Friday after being convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl at a Clackamas, Ore., martial arts school where he once taught, according to a report in The Oregonian.

The report stated that Franca, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse in Clackamas County Court on Wednesday. Franca was arraigned in May on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration. The remaining counts were dismissed.

Franca was also sentenced to four-and-a-half years post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender. The Oregonian reported that Franca turned himself into authorities in May after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The encounter with the female student occurred in December 2010.

Franca, a native of Fortaleza, Brazil, fought nine times for the UFC from 2007 to 2009, suffering a technical knockout loss to Tyson Griffin in his last appearance at UFC 103. Franca fought Sean Sherk for the lightweight title in 2007, dropping a unanimous decision. After the bout, Franca tested positive for steroids and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission until July 5 of 2008.

Since his release from the UFC in 2009, Franca had fought eight times for various regional promotions. He won three of four bouts in 2011, suffering a knockout loss to Thawa Ril in his last fight on April 29.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 13 views

Former WEC lightweight champion and UFC lightweight title contender, Hermes Franca is restarting his life in Brazil. The MMA fighter was sentenced to 42 months in U.S. prison after pleading guilty to read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 393 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Hermes Franca, made his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) last week (Aug. 28, 2014) after doing time (and getting deport read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC lightweight competitor Khabib Nurmagomedov discusses the rehabilitation process on his right knee as well as his intention to face Anthony Pettis in the near future. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC circles back to Tulsa, Oklahoma with a fight card headlined by top lightweight contender and consistent television ratings draw Benson Henderson, who faces consistently difficult Rafael dos A read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

When Benson Henderson fights, you can usually count on getting comfortable. There's time to secure your popcorn, visit the loo and make sure your stamp collection is in order. There is no rush, no fu read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

After nine months away from the cage, Jose Maria Tome is ready to return. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC Fight Night 49 saw another shake-up in the lightweight division when then No. 5-ranked Rafael dos Anjos defeated No. 1-ranked contender Benson Henderson. This followed the UFC's announcement of E read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 8 views

At the UFC 177 Q&A on Friday afternoon, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Urijah Faber will answer questions from the fans. The video above will begin at 5 p.m. ET. read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC lightweight Bobby Green may have lost his UFC 178 booking with Donald Cerrone, but he made sure he'll get his shot at 'Cowboy' sooner than later. Alleging to bear witness to Cerrone taking part i read news >>