Report: Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca could take place at UFC 87

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.

16 COMMENTS
  • Rich S. says:

    noice!

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  • Mario says:

    I hope Frankie Edgar has gotten a bit bigger cause I don’t want to see a repeat of the Gray Manard fight. Edgar got schooled by a bigger, stronger and better wrestler. Luckily for Edgar, Franca isn’t much of a ground guy, he’s a striker, so this match up is perfect for Edgar. Still, Franca has some power and I could see Franca winning this fight in a KO. I see Edgar winning the wrestling battle, but the stand up is going to Franca. I hope this fights happens, Franca is one of my fav fighters, hope he’s clean and comes into the fight at 100 %.

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  • AH says:

    Franca is a BJJ black belt. He throws wild strikes from his hips. If Edgar can avoid the wild bombs and the submissions when it hits the ground he can grind out a decision

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  • StandUpStriker says:

    A little off topic, but when does Dan Hardy debut? He fought in May so this event or soon after sounds logical.

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  • Rich S. says:

    “Franca isn’t much of a ground guy”
    ya.. i’ll agree that he likes to strike.. but Franca has a beastly ground game..

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  • Greg J says:

    UFC 87 is shaping up to be a great event. After what we saw on Sat it is good to see real MMA events

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  • Nick says:

    @#2- Mario, hard to believe Franca is your favorite fighter, or that you have even seen him fight before, because he is very much a “ground guy”. Franca has developed pretty good striking over the years, but over all is very unorthodox. He has decent power, but his bread and butter is his BJJ.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Did Franca fight overseas during his suspension? Would that have any effect on his eligibility?

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  • bjjdenver says:

    lol @ Franca “not much of a ground guy”. Nope, just a highly respected black belt in bjj, his primary discipline. Sorry, Mario, just had to bust your chops a little!

    He does have ko power and unorthodox striking style, which is hard to defend.

    #8 mike, I believe he asked UFC for his release, in order to fight overseas and make money to support his family, but never did so, after learning of the ramifications of going against his suspension and crossing the CSAC.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    This may be obvious, but I don’t know the answer. What were the potential consequences if he’d fought overseas?

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  • Nick says:

    @#10
    If any fighter goes against a state run commision suspensiona nd fights overseas, he will incur a permanent ban until an apeal process has been followed. In other words, if they double cross the state suspension, they will never fight in the US again until they spend money on lawyers and go through a 6 month appeal process. For examples, See Vitor Belfort.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    #11

    Ouch. Thanks for the info.

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  • Rich S. says:

    “For examples, See Vitor Belfort.”

    that’s probably why we’ll never see Vitor again.. which is a shame..

    i believe he was suspended on some kind of steroids charges and he decided to go against his suspension and fight overseas..

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Vitor just agreed to fight for Affliction, though he probably won’t fight on their first show.

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  • Rich S. says:

    did he really??

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

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  • Levi M says:

    FYI –
    Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca is confirmed!

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