According to NBCSports.com’s Mike Chiapetta, lightweight fighter Hermes Franca could return to the UFC as early as August 9 during UFC 87 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
The report indicates that there are plans to possibly match Franca up with Frankie Edgar. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that the match is not yet signed, but all indications are that it will likely be finalized soon.
Franca was released by the UFC several months back, per his request, but he stated soon after that it was his desire to rejoin the promotion once he was eligible to fight again. He is suspended through July 5 by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the steroid drostanolone following his decision loss to Sean Sherk at UFC 73 last July.
Edgar last fought in April at UFC Fight Night 13, where he suffered the first loss of his pro career following a unanimous decision loss to Gray Maynard.
UFC 87 is scheduled to be headlined by a match featuring UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defending his title against Jon Fitch. Bouts between Brock Lesnar and Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta are on tap as well.