(Mug shot courtesy of MMA Junkie.)
An unfortunate side-note to last night’s WEC 36 card (which happened to be full of unfortunate side-notes): UFC lightweight Hermes Franca, who attended the event and was shown during the broadcast, was arrested in Jupiter, Florida, at 2:38 a.m. last night for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was transferred to the Palm Beach County jail after the arrest, and released later this morning. This was Franca’s first DUI offense, though not his first brush with controlled substances; he was suspended from MMA competition for a year following his UFC 73 match against Sean Sherk in July ’07, after testing positive for the steroid Drostanolone. It should be mentioned that Franca’s manager Reed Wallace claims the fighter was simply very tired last night and was falling asleep behind the wheel.
Franca is a former WEC lightweight champion who holds career wins over the current lightweight champ Jamie Varner as well as the WEC’s new featherweight champ Mike Brown, and recently won a decision over Paulo Filho, who is suspected of fighting under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is apparently still at large. If more important details emerge, we’ll let you know.
And even more not-awesome news from WEC’s aftermath: Mike Brown did indeed screw up his ribs during the Urijah Faber fight. FiveOuncesofPain reports that Brown suffered torn cartilage in his ribs and had to be taken to a local hospital via ambulance immediately after leaving the cage. The injury is expected to sideline Brown for four-to-six weeks.