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Hermes Franca headed to prison in sexual abuse case

Hermes Franca was able to dish out plenty of punishment during his time inside the cage. Now, the former UFC lightweight contender will be trapped inside a different cage, as he was sentenced to just over three years in prison after entering a guilty plea to charges related to a sexual abuse case.

The charges came about back in late 2010 when it was reported Franca abused an underage girl at his Clackamas County, Oregon jiu-jitsu academy.

Franca was originally arrested on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree unlawful penetration, but he pleaded guilty to one count of each for a sentence of 42 months in prison, according to a report by Oregon Live’s website.

Along with his prison sentence Franca will also have to serve over four years of supervision after his time in jail and will be mandated to register as a sex offender.

Inside the Octagon, Franca put together a 22-12 record, including a 5-3 mark in the UFC. He won four straight fights to secure a bout for the UFC lightweight title, ultimately losing to Sean Sherk. Both men eventually tested positive for banned substances following the fight.

Franca last competed in April of 2011, falling to Thawa Ril by second round knockout at an event in Brazil.