27 Jan 2009 08:47:35 AM
(You just hate to see a guy like Franca sidelined for anything other than a steroid suspension or drunk-driving arrest.)
UFC lightweight Hermes Franca has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Joe Lauzon at Fight Night 17 on Feb. 7 due to a torn ACL, according to a post by Franca on the UG. Franca said he injured the knee last Saturday and will now have it repaired. He added:
Thank you UFC,my fans, friends for the support, i was training hard and i was so excited ,but there’s nothing i can do, (could be worse), so Hermes franca will take a break for some recovery,and come back stronger than ever like i always do!!!!
Nothing like referring to yourself in the third person to remind everyone that you are a professional athlete. This is the second time in the last week that a scheduled opponent of one of the Lauzon brothers has had to pull out of a fight due to injury. First Chris Horodecki failed his physical exam prior to a fight with Dan Lauzon, which meant “The Upgrade” had to face “Frantic” Bobby Green and get his testicles jostled. Now Franca is hurt and the UFC will have to find a replacement to take on Joe Lauzon.
Lauzon, replying to Franca’s post, expressed his disappointment at the news and wished Franca a speedy recovery, real gentleman-like. Then things got a little weird on the ol’ internets, with this remark from Franca:Read More DIGG THIS