Former WEC 155-pound champ Hermes Franca has been cut by the Maximum Fighting Championship after an arrest earlier this week on charges relating to sexual contact with a minor in addition to having violated their contractual agreement by taking two fights after an April bout under the company’s banner. Franca had been previously scheduled to face Drew Fickett for the MFC lightweight title on June 10 at MFC 30 leaving the Canadian promotion on the hunt for a new contender.
“These are serious allegations that he is facing and I do not want the Maximum Fighting Championship associated in any way with these matters,” explained MFC President Mark Pavelich through a press release. “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, who himself is a father, is accused of having allegedly acted out sexually with an underage girl he met at a BJJ Academy in Oregon. Little is known about the case other than that details are expected to come to light in July when it goes to trial. As it stands, the 36-year old faces seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful penetration in the second degree.
This week’s news is not the first time the colorful Brazilian has had personal problems surface as he also tested positive for steroids after a title-fight against Sean Sherk at UFC 73 in 2007.
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