MMA veteran and former UFC fighter Hermes Franca was today arrested on multiple sexual abuse charges in Oregon.
The 36 year-old is reported to have turned himself in to the police on seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the second degree.
Franca is currently being detained in jail with bail set at $250,00, and a trial scheduled for July 12th in Oregon City.
A familiar face in both the UFC and WEC over the years, Franca briefly retired from MMA in 2009 shortly after being cut from the UFC following a string of defeats.
Since then he’s struggled to find consistent form fighting for a variety of different promotions, going 3-4 (1nc). Despite that Franca had been lined up to fight for the MFC lightweight title in Canada next month against Drew Fickett.
Update: MFC have now announced that Franca has been released from his contract.