Hermes Franca weighs-in for UFC 73: Stacked. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has apparently come to terms on the release of lightweights Hermes Franca and Joe Veres.
Both fighters confirmed their respective departures from the organization in separate posts on The Underground Forum.
According to Franca, he asked to be released from his contract while attempting to fight outside of the United States, where he is currently suspended after testing positive for the steroid ‘drostanolone’ under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission.
“I asked Joe Silva if he could opt me out of my contract so I could fight outside of the USA and make some more money,” Franca stated. “I ended up speaking with Armando Garcia (CSAC Executive Director) and he informed me that fighting outside of the country would result in never being permitted to fight in the States again. Now I’m waiting until my suspension is over in July. I’m now without a contract from any organization.”
Franca also added that the split from the UFC was mutual and that he would love to return to the promotion in the future. The Armory founder has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Sean Sherk in a lightweight title bout last July.
Similar to Franca, Veres also reportedly asked UFC management to be released from his contract.
Veres failed to win in his two bouts inside the UFC. He was knocked out by Gray Maynard and stopped with strikes by Corey Hill in separate fights.
Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the finds.
Rumored matchups for the UFC’s upcoming events in January and February are being revealed at a pretty good rate and here we are with three more to report on…
MMA Mania is reporting that welterweights Josh Koscheck and Dustin Hazelett are currently in discussions to potentially meet at UFC 82 in February.
Note that I said discussions because nothing is official as of right now. Contracts haven’t been written up or signed. The news is apparently coming from Hazelett’s camp.
Koscheck is coming off of only his second loss in the UFC, that being an unanimous decision dropped to former champ Georges St. Pierre. Hazelett has actually won his last three fights in pretty impressive fashion, his last being a submission win over Jonathan Goulet.
Koscheck has done pretty well when facing skilled grapplers so far in his career and I don’t think Hazelett will present that much of a problem for him.
Our friends at MMA Junkie are reporting on two separate bouts that both may take place at UFC Fight Night 12.
TUF 5 alumnus Corey Hill will finally make his UFC debut when he goes up against Joe Veres according to Hill’s agent, Ken Pavia.
Hill has not competed since being submitted by Nate Diaz during the taping of The Ultimate Fighter 5. He was slated to face Allen Berube at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury during training. Veres’ UFC debut only lasted 9 seconds as he was knocked out by Gray Maynard.
Speaking of Gray Maynard, the UFC has apparently informed him that he will most likely be fighting at UFC Fight Night 12 as well. Maynard confirmed the rumor today on an ESPN radio show where he stated that he may be fighting fellow former collegiate wrestler Matt Grice.
Tonight we will be going live at 7 PM EST, covering UFC Fight Night 11 with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
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Exclusive: Swick vs Goulet Off
Spencer Fisher Injured, Kenny Florian Fills In
Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 11
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Swick and Goulet Signed for UFC Fight Night 11
Leben Declines Swick Fight; Goulet Now in the Picture
Din Thomas vs Kenny Florian
Chris Leben vs Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs Junior Assuncao
Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell
Jonathan Goulet vs Dustin Hazelett
Thiago Alves vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Leonard Garcia vs Cole Miller
Gray Maynard vs Joe Veres
Luke Cummo vs Edilberto de Oliveira