Hermes Franca. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It’s unfortunate that Hermes Franca was forced to pull out of his main event bout against Joe Lauzon at this Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night event due to injury. However, Franca’s comments following his withdrawal may have set up an even more interesting fight against Lauzon in the future:
In Franca’s place is a protégé, Jeremy Stephens, but gripping Lauzon is a budding vendetta started by what was initially playful prodding on The Underground, a popular MMA forum. The impetuous, at least to Lauzon’s conclusion, defied any concept of a logical proof. Lauzon wished Franca a speedy recovery. Franca’s response was that he was the luckiest motherf’r alive and a yen to fight him because his brother “sucks.” Joe’s brother is Dan, victorious over Bobby Green at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” in January.
“I don’t think it was a calculated or manipulative move. I think it was just him being an asshole,” Lauzon said. “I think he crossed the line. It was completely unrelated to bring my brother into it. It’s not hyping the fight at this point. The fight is off because he had to back out. I understand people saying things to hype fights. I’m all for it, but bringing my brother into it out of nowhere was completely bush league.”
“I told Joe, ‘Easy buddy. I’m messing with you,’” Franca said. “I don’t have any enemies. My business is in the cage. I don’t like talking trash. I’ve seen B.J. [Penn] talk trash on TV. It all looks bad. I like Joe, I like the kid, and I like his style. But I’m pissed, and I can’t wait to fight him. I’m mad and want to step in the cage and face him – and I want to fight him in Boston, his city. I want to make him feel bad over there.”
I saw Franca’s original post on The UG when he said that Joe was the “luckiest mofo alive” and it was clear as day that he was joking around. However I must have missed Hermes’ comments about Dan, who hardly sucks as a fighter in my opinion. Win or lose in his fight against Jeremy Stephens this weekend, we could see Joe being matched up against Franca once he recovers later this year. It’s a fight I’d like to see to be honest, trash talk or not.
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