UFC grants Hermes Franca release from contract

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"After my fight [with Sean Sherk] i was suspended for a year,i could not fight in USA,so i got some calls to fight in Canada, england, japan etc ... so i ask [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva to finish my contract with UFC, i told him i need to fight to make money ,told him to please let me fight and finish my contract( i was out of focus) and his gently did it. So, i spoke with Mr. Armando Garcia, and he told me , if i do some fights out of USA i could not fight in USA anymore never. So i decide don't fight and wait until july,So now i don't have any contract, but of course i will try come back to the UFC( just if u guys wish hermes franca back again lol), or wait for another offer from another organization. That's it. But i am doing good guys, really busy ,doing seminars in all over the world ,i am in canada now, and next week arizona, winsconsin, north carolina ,south carolina ,i am training with differents fighters and camps(marcelo garcia,pablo popovitch,B.J. penn ,marck bocek,etc...) Really nice to talk to you guys ,thank you to all my fans!!!!! "PEACE AND LOVE."

Former number one UFC lightweight contender, Hermes Franca, a few days ago detailed his current situation since the loss to then division champion, Sean Sherk, at UFC 73: "Stacked" in July 2007 and his subsequent positive test for steroids after the bout. Franca was fined and suspended for 12 months because he did not appeal the decision. Sherk -- who also tested positive for steroids after the bout -- had his suspension reduced by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to six months and is free to fight again. Franca has to wait until July or risk being unable to compete again in the United States -- something he more than likely did not know when he asked to be released from the UFC.

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