Some sad news in the MMA world today. Former lightweight title contender Hermes Franca was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for sexually abusing a minor at his MMA school in Oregon.
From The Oregonian:
A former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title contender has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after being convicted this week of sexually abusing an underage female student at his Clackamas martial arts school.
Hermes Franca Barros, 37, pleaded guilty in Clackamas County Court on Wednesday to one count of unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
He was arraigned in May on seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration. The remaining counts were dismissed.
Barros will also have four and a half years of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender.
Even though he hasn’t fought for the UFC in two years, his name being tied to the promotion is surely something they’d rather do without. It’s a sad story for everyone involved, and will very likely mean that he’s going to be blacklisted from even the small promotions he was fighting for once he gets out of prison, if he ever plans on fighting again at all.
Who would have guessed this isn't natural?
I’m not sure why I’m surprised, but I am. News today from the CSAS drug tests of the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event:
From the CSAC Press Release:
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Cristiane Justino Santos, better known in MMA circles as Cris Cyborg, and has fined her $2,500 as the result of a positive test for a banned substance.
Santos’ December 16, 2011 drug test came back positive for stanozolol metabolites. CSAC learned of the test results December 23, 2011 and suspended Santos’s license, with the suspension applied retroactively to December 16, 2011. In accordance with Rule 368, the result of her last fight between Hiroko Yamanaka will be changed to a “No Decision”.
Strikeforce has stated that they are stripping Cyborg of the Women’s 145lb title and putting the division on hold as a result of the test. It really is unfortunate, as Women’s MMA is finally gaining some momentum. This is a black mark they don’t need and one less prominent division for women to fight at.
Who would have guessed this isn't natural?
"What do you mean you were talking to a woman?"
Over the Christmas break, most families are taking the time to make use of their new Christmas presents, get some R&R in before they go back to school or work, or maybe taking down the tree and putting the lights away. Or, if you’re in Houston Alexander’s family, you’re being forced to box your professional fighter dad.
From KMTV In Omaha
Police reports say officers were called to a home near 44th and Maple for a domestic disturbance. The older Alexander told them he was having trouble with his teen son, who was “having explicit sexual contact on Facebook with some unknown females.” The 16-year-old reportedly lied and “made him very upset.”
According to police reports, “Alexander then retrieved boxing gloves and told his son, ‘If you are going to lie to me, then we are going to box.’” The two reportedly boxed in the basement. Officers describe the teen as having a “slight bloody nose and pain to his right side.”
With Alexander getting in trouble and Brett Rogers’ well documented run ins with the law, this could be a whole new rankings division for Mixed Martial Arts! I gotta give the edge to “The Grim” as far as who tops the list, though. The police reports clearly have Rogers doing more damage.
Also, fun new fact for potential child abusers out there: If you want to get off easy with the cops, put some boxing gloves on before pummeling your child!
"He called me f**king what?"
Over the course of his controversial career, UFC head honcho Dana White has likely been called a wide assortment of colorful names, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that he’s never been called a “dog in a manger”, which is what he was called by M-1 Executive Vladim Finklestein over the weekend.
From Fighters Only:
“We want to have three fights. One in Russia, one in Europe, and one in the USA. We really want to get a rematch with Werdum but he is locked up in the prison called ‘UFC’ and because of that, arranging for him to fight Fedor would be very difficult,” he said.
“Dana White is like a dog lying on hay – he does not eat it himself but will not let anyone else eat it either. There are many other good fighters under consideration, such as Josh Barnett. We need to wait for the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament to end and then we can see how likely it is that we can arrange a fight.”
Perhaps Vadim was getting festive with the manger reference. Chalk this up as another jab in the ongoing saga of Dana vs. Fedor’s management. I can’t wait for the response from Dana calling Fedor a scrub or something.
And by “it” we mean the ability to lose to unknown fighters half his size…
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