NSAC Reinstates Hermes Franca


Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to reinstate former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca after the Brazilian served a one-year suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last summer.

The NSAC made the announcement yesterday afternoon to the media.

Franca tested positive for the steroid, Drostanolone, following an unanimous decision loss to former champion Sean Sherk at UFC 73: Stacked last July in California. Sherk tested positive for steroids following the event and was subsequently suspended by the state as well.

Unlike his counterpart, Franca admitted to taking the drug. Still recovering from lingering injuries, Franca ultimately turned to steroids in order to help his body prepare for the biggest fight of his career, a mistake he has since promised to never make again.

Prior to his loss to Sherk, Franca had racked up three straight wins inside the confines of the UFC, where he returned for a second stint after splitting four fights two years earlier, including an impressive stoppage of Spencer Fisher and a submission of current WEC lightweight title holder Jamie Varner. He will now go on to fight standout wrestler Frankie Edgar at the organization’s next event later this month in Las Vegas.

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