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.
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