|Hermes França Barros|
August 26, 1974 |
|42 months in state prison|
|Completed his prison sentence and deported to Brazil in April 2014|
|Conviction(s)||One count of attempted unlawful penetration|
August 26, 1974 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.5 in (179 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Jupiter, Florida, United States|
|Team||Team Hermes Franca|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Hermes França Barros (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈeʁmiʃ ˈfɾɐ̃sɐ]; born August 26, 1974) is a former Brazilian mixed martial artist. He has competed for the UFC, WEC, MFC, and Israel FC. He is a former WEC Lightweight Champion, and former UFC Lightweight Championship contender.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Mixed martial arts career
França made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 17 November 2001, with a win over future WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown. He quickly earned an undefeated streak of 6-0, finishing all his opponents under the limit of the second round, drawing the attention of the UFC.
First UFC run
França made his UFC debut at UFC 42, defeating Richard Crunkilton by unanimous decision. He went on to win his next UFC fight against Caol Uno (who narrowly missed the lightweight championship after drawing with B.J. Penn) at UFC 44 before losing a majority decision to Josh Thomson at UFC 46.
His next outing in the UFC, against Yves Edwards, was unsuccessful, losing the fight by split decision. Edwards would once again beat França by split decision in their encounter at Euphoria: USA vs. World in 2005, starting what would be a very bad year – marked with three straight losses – for the Brazilian fighter.
However, 2006 would prove to be a much better year for França. In March, he toppled WEC champion Gabe Ruediger to capture the WEC Lightweight championship and then knocked out Team Quest fighter Ryan Schultz to take the AFC Lightweight championship in April.
França would continue his winning streak against the likes of Toby Imada and Brandon Olsen before signing a contract to fight Roger Huerta at UFC 61 in July. Although França's opponent was changed – Huerta pulled out due to injury, with UFC newcomer Joe Jordan taking his place – França still reigned successful in his UFC return, stopping Jordan by triangle choke submission in the third round.
Second UFC run
On August 4, 2006, it was revealed that França had accepted a late-notice fight with Jamie Varner at UFC 62. França came in as a late replacement for Spencer Fisher, who injured his back while preparing for the fight. Despite accepting the fight on short notice, França reigned victorious, catching Varner in an armbar submission in the third round.
França successfully defended his WEC Lightweight championship against Nathan Diaz, brother of UFC veteran Nick Diaz, at WEC 24 on October 12, extending França's win streak in 2006 to seven consecutive victories.
França won his fight against Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 8 by TKO in the second round; after his victory he got down on his knees (à la Georges St. Pierre) and begged UFC President Dana White to grant him a title shot against Sean Sherk. During the post-fight press conference White confirmed that França would be given a title shot at UFC 73. França lost to Sean Sherk by unanimous decision. On July 19, 2007 the California State Athletic Commission announced França had tested positive for the banned steroid Drostanolone in a post-fight drug test following his championship fight at UFC 73. He had been suspended from competing in California until July 5, 2008 and had been fined $2,500.
He has since left The Armory and was then removed from their main site as an instructor.
França lost his first fight in the UFC since his suspension in 2007 on July 19, 2008 to Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.
França was scheduled to fight Joe Lauzon on February 7 in the main event for UFC Fight Night 17. However, França pulled out of the event with a torn anterior crucial ligament in his right knee. França made his return against Tyson Griffin on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103. Franca lost his fight to Tyson Griffin in the second round via TKO (Punches) after Griffin caught him with a straight right followed up by brutal ground and pound, eventually knocking out França for only his second ever KO loss.
Post-second UFC release
Following the loss to Eric Wisely and losing 4 out of his last 5 fights, Franca announced through his manager, Reed Wallace, his retirement.
Franca has since come out of retirement and has bounced back nicely after an 0-3-1 record in four fights during 2010. Franca won via submission in February 2011 then scored two wins in April 2011 defeating Robert Washington and Josh Thorpe.
Xtreme Vale Todo 5 controversy
At the Xtreme Vale Todo 5 event that took place in Costa Rica on December 19, 2010, Hermes Franca was awarded a judges decision over Ferrid Kheder before the promoter, Lu Dwyer, attempted to overturn it, causing widespread controversy. In addition to the fight's announcer, all three judges and the referee had scored the bout in favor of Franca. Regardless of the actual scores, Lu Dwyer declared Kheder the victor, and another promoter raised Kheder's hand in victory after the referee refused to do so.
There is a potential conflict of interest due to the fact that Kheder is primarily sponsored by Dwyer and her business J & L Irrigation. Dwyer sponsors "Team FK" by paying his living expenses and taking a percentage of his winnings.
Days after his controversial decision win, Ferrid Kheder posted on his Facebook page that Dwyer decided to overturn the fight result to a "No Contest" and suggested a 5 round rematch, presumably in the same promotion.
Arrest, MFC Termination, and Prison Sentence
Franca appeared to be back on track, winning at MFC 29 and being slotted in to fight Drew Fickett for the promotion's vacant lightweight championship at MFC 30 on June 10, 2011. Franca, however, turned himself in to Clackamas County Sheriff's officials in mid-May, 2011 and was charged with multiple sexual battery charges. MFC president Mark Pavelich then terminated Franca's contract on May 19, 2011, citing the arrest and Franca having fought two times outside of the organization, breaching his contract.
Franca pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful penetration and was sentenced to 42 months in state prison; he was also sentenced to 4 and a half years probation after he serves his prison sentence and must register as a sex offender.
Franca and his wife have one son. Franca lost his father when he was 14.
Mixed martial arts
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||22 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||22–12 (1)||Thawa Ril||KO (punches)||International Fighter Championship||April 29, 2011||2||0:56||Pernambuco, Brazil|
|Win||22–11 (1)||Josh Thorpe||Submission (rear naked choke)||Gladiator Cage Fights - Knockout Night 1||April 23, 2011||1||1:36||Marion, Illinois, United States|
|Win||21–11 (1)||Robert Washington||TKO (punches)||MFC 29: Conquer||April 8, 2011||2||0:26||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||20–11 (1)||Jorge Sarat||Submission (armbar)||GForce Promotions: Bad Blood 5||February 26, 2011||1||2:27||Grand Rapids, MI, United States|
|NC||19–11 (1)||Ferrid Kheder||NC (overturned)||Xtreme Vale Todo 5||December 19, 2010||3||5:00||Cartago, Costa Rica||Original loss; turned to a NC after controversy. All 3 judges scored the bout for Franca.|
|Loss||19–11||Moshe Kaitz||Decision (unanimous)||Israel FC: Genesis||November 9, 2010||3||5:00||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Loss||19–10||Eric Wisely||Decision (unanimous)||Scorpius Fighting Championships 1||September 24, 2010||3||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||First bout since coming out of retirement.|
|Loss||19–9||Eric Wisely||TKO (strikes)||Max Fights DM Ballroom Brawl IV||January 8, 2010||1||2:03||West Des Moines, Iowa, United States||For Max Fights DM Interim Lightweight Championship; Franca retired after the loss.|
|Loss||19–8||Tyson Griffin||KO (punches)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||2||3:26||Dallas, Texas, United States||Catchweight bout (159 pounds).|
|Win||19–7||Marcus Aurélio||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Frankie Edgar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Fight of the Night award.|
|Loss||18–6||Sean Sherk||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 73||July 7, 2007||5||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||For UFC Lightweight Championship; Both fighters tested positive for banned substances.|
|Win||18–5||Spencer Fisher||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night 8||January 25, 2007||2||4:03||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Won Fight of the Night award.|
|Win||17–5||Nate Diaz||Submission (armbar)||WEC 24||October 12, 2006||2||2:46||Lemoore, California, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight Championship. Vacated title after bout.|
|Win||16–5||Jamie Varner||Submission (armbar)||UFC 62||August 26, 2006||3||3:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Fight of the Night award.|
|Win||15–5||Joe Jordan||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 61||July 8, 2006||3||0:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Submission of the Night award.|
|Win||14–5||Brandon Olsen||Submission (armbar)||WEC 21||June 15, 2006||1||0:40||Highland, California, United States||Defended WEC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||13–5||Toby Imada||Submission (armbar)||TC 14: Throwdown||May 13, 2006||1||0:53||Del Mar, California, United States|
|Win||12–5||Ryan Schultz||KO (punches)||AFC 16: Absolute Fighting Championships 16||April 22, 2006||1||3:30||Fort Lauderdale, United States|
|Win||11–5||Gabe Ruediger||KO (punches)||WEC 19: Undisputed||March 17, 2006||1||0:36||Lemoore, California, United States||Won WEC Lightweight Championship|
|Loss||10–5||Kotetsu Boku||Decision (majority)||Hero's 3||September 7, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–4||Ray Cooper||KO (punches)||Shooto Hawaii: Unleashed||March 25, 2005||1||2:57||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Yves Edwards||Decision (split)||Euphoria: USA vs World||February 26, 2005||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–2||Manny Reyes Jr.||KO (punches)||AFC 10: Absolute Fighting Championships 10||October 30, 2004||1||0:37||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–2||Phil Johns||Submission (rear naked choke)||Euphoria: Road to the Titles||October 15, 2004||1||0:47||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Yves Edwards||Decision (split)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Josh Thomson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Caol Uno||KO (punch)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||2||2:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Richard Crunkilton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 42||April 25, 2003||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–0||Ryan Diaz||Submission (guillotine choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships||December 13, 2002||1||4:23||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–0||Anthony Hamlett||TKO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: New Wind||September 7, 2002||1||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Yohei Suzuki||Submission (guillotine choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Relentless||May 25, 2002||1||1:04||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–0||Don Kaecher||Submission (armbar)||WEF 12: World Extreme Fighting 12||May 11, 2002||2||2:00||Steubenville, Ohio, United States|
|Win||2–0||Mike Willus||Submission (triangle choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Overdrive||March 9, 2002||1||4:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mike Brown||Submission (triangle choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Kings 1||November 17, 2001||1||2:21||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
- MMA WEEKLY - Your #1 Source for Daily MMA News, Interviews, Multimedia, and More: - FRANCA LEAVES THE ARMORY, STARTING NEW TEAM
- Savage, Greg (2006-08-04). "UFC 62: Fisher Out, Franca In". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
- "The World is Ready for the UFC - UFC 73 on July 7th.". UFC.com. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
- "Sean Sherk, Hermes França Test Positive for Steroids". UFC Daily.
- Venga, Gleidson (January 19, 2008). "Franca Discusses Penn's Preparation". Sherdog.com. Retrieved January 20, 2008.
- "Injury forces Hermes França off UFC Fight Night 17 card". MMAJunkie.
- "The latest 4 UFC fighters to be released". bloodyelbow.com. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-05.[dead link]
- "Hermes Franca speaks out about Xtreme Vale Todo fiasco". mixedmartialarts.com. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
- Brent Brookhouse. "Updated: Hermes Franca Falls Victim to Unregulated International MMA, Result Appears to Have Been Overturned". Bloody Elbow.
- "Franca vs. Ferrid Kheder ruled a no-contest". MiddleEasy.
- "Hermes Franca Arrested on Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse; MFC Fires Him". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-05-19.
- "MFC Officials Fire Hermes Franca Citing Arrest and Breach of Contract". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-05-19.
- "UFC vet Hermes Franca sentenced to 42 months in prison". MMAjunkie.com. January 6, 2012.
- Article detailing his upcoming fight with Sean Sherk at UFC 73
|Awards and achievements|
|3rd WEC Lightweight Championship
March 17, 2006 - December, 2006
title was vacated when
Zuffa purchased WEC
Title next held byRob McCullough