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Hermes Franca Charged With Sexual Abuse in Oregon and is Subsequently Released from MFC Contract


(These latest charges make Franca’s DUI in 2008 look like a jaywalking charge.)

According to a report from Sherdog, nine charges were laid this week against Hermes Franca in relation to a sexual assault that took place in Oregon, where the UFC veteran used to live and run his Team Hermes Franca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

The 36-year-old native of Fortaleza, Brazil who was arrested in 2008 for a DUI, flew from Florida, where he now lives and trains to turn himself in on Monday. He is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree. Franca’s trial is scheduled for July 12 at 9 a.m. in the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City, Oregon. His bail was set at $250,000.

Acting swiftly to the news, Maximum Fighting president Mark Pavelich released a statement today stating that he has terminated Franca’s contract with his organization as a result of the allegations against him. Pavelich also said that he is currently seeking a new opponent to replace him in his upcoming MFC 29 main event lightweight title fight with Drew Fickett, which could mean Antonio McKee might be brought back into the fold to fight for the title he never vacated in the first place.

“Mr. Franca’s legal situation is a matter in the hands of law enforcement officials and soon to be going before the courts and because of that there will not be any further comment on those allegations, but I have taken immediate action to indicate that he is no longer going to be part of my organization. We were informed about his arrest and pending trial, and as of 10:30 a.m. MT today, he has been released, Pavelich said via email. “These are serious allegations that he is facing and I do not want the Maximum Fighting Championship associated in any way with these matters.”

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ajaykumar- September 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Hey Franca, maybe Chael can hook you up with some good lawyers…OH wait.
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TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- May 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm
@BigBalluh : who said "steroids make your balls shrink, not your penis. your penis is a muscle, therefore benefits from steroids."
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Dick Science 101: Your penis is not a muscle, it's made of a special tissue that's a sponge (corpus spongiosum). dicks can not contract. in fact when a dick is hard it's because it's tissue is relaxed, allowing blood to flow in.
fingerssfv- May 21, 2011 at 2:29 am
To: BigBalluh: then I'm gonna start taking roids. I'm not worried about shrinking nuts. I could lose half of them and still have big nuts.
fingerssfv- May 21, 2011 at 2:24 am
And if he's not guilty? I sure didn't read how he skipped the Country, instead flying to Oregon to defend himself. If he is acquitted of these charges, I hope he never steps foot inside jackass' organization again. If he's guilty, though, good riddance, because he's not going to have many friends in jail. Let's hope the alleged victim was of age, and not underage. It wouldn't matter how badass Franca is, he'll not make it far in prison. Chesters are frowned upon.
The Highest Primate- May 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm
He was just showing her a triangle choke in his old pants with the hole in them..
GistoftheFist- May 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm
Did he pay her with the dollar he won in that Manny Reyes fight?
O Chan- May 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Guys, all rape really is when you break it down, is "surprise sex".
NinJay- May 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree
“Except as permitted under ORS 163.412 (Exceptions to unlawful sexual penetration prohibition), a person commits the crime of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree if the person penetrates the vagina, anus or penis of another with any object other than the penis or mouth of the actor and the victim is under 14 years of age.”

and the victim is under 14 years of age.”

victim is under 14 years of age.”

under 14 years of age.”

......If convicted I say fry him.
BigBalluh- May 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm
@jesus

steroids make your balls shrink, not your penis. your penis is a muscle, therefore benefits from steroids.
RwilsonR- May 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm
@ DeLaSeoul - BJJ is a little less strict. If convicted, you just have to agree to be the one on the bottom from now on.
RwilsonR- May 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm
@ Trouser - I think one is straight and the other is gay.
DeLaSeoul87- May 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Judo has very strict rules about sexual-related crimes. Basically, if you are convicted, you can never teach Judo (as an instructor at a dojo) again.

I wonder if BJJ has anything like this - although, BJJ doesn't have as much of a unified governing body...
Jesus Frijoles- May 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm
He had to use his finger cause his tiny little steroid mushroom dick don't work no more.
confusean- May 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm
From www.oregonlaws.org

Unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree

"Except as permitted under ORS 163.412 (Exceptions to unlawful sexual penetration prohibition), a person commits the crime of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree if the person penetrates the vagina, anus or penis of another with any object other than the penis or mouth of the actor and the victim is under 14 years of age."
Morningwood- May 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm
unlawful penetration can be made with anything. a finger, a dildo, a stick, a horse hoof, a small car. Rape is forceful intercourse. Or maybe he didn't finish so it's just penetration?
cecils_pupils- May 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Is it unawful penetration if it is just the tip?
LOKI- May 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Rape is 1st base in Brasil.
Fried Taco- May 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm
@macreadysshack - yeah, or suspending him until the outcome of the trial. But I think it's already been established that Mark Pavelich is a dickhead.
macreadysshack- May 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Maximum Fighting is really taking a hard-line here. I mean, these are HORRIBLE charges but they are still just charges.

People lie, cops make mistakes, so-called perpetrators are sometimes the victim.

I think making a statement saying that his contract WOULD be terminated in the event of a guilty or no contest plea or conviction would have been a lot more reasonable.
Trouser Snake- May 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I didn't realize "unlawful penetration" differed from rape...
HEY- May 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm
SEVEN counts?!? Daaaaaaamn...
El Guapo- May 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm
"She ordered the lobster and steak, Your Honor."
NOT GUILTY!
tylerj800- May 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm
That's three well known(ish) fighters charged this week, and Chael being denied once more. At least its no one super relevant like Diaz getting busted for extravagant amounts of weed purchased with UFC moneyz or something.
Anhonestmoose- May 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Soooo, shitty week for the MMA community in general?
Morningwood- May 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Hey Franca, maybe Chael can hook you up with some good lawyers...OH wait.
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