Former No. 1 UFC lightweight contender Hermes Franca deported to Brazil following prison term for sexual abuse

Franca, 39, was lawfully admitted to the United States back in 2005 and received permanent resident status in 2007, neither of which was satisfactory for the immigration judge charged with his fate.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Hermes Franca, was released from prison last month after serving time for sexually abusing an underage girl.

On Tuesday (April 22, 2014), he was released from the United States.

That's according to a report from Oregon Live, which detailed Franca's deportation back to Brazil, after the former mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar plead guilty to "first-degree sexual abuse of a girl under 14 and to second-degree unlawful sexual penetration" in 2012.

Franca (22-12) first made a name for himself in combat sports as one of the Octagon's elite, winning eight straight fights including submission victories over Toby Imada, Jamie Varner and Nate Diaz, Franca finished Spencer Fisher at Fight Night 8 to earn a crack at Sean Sherk's 155-pound title at UFC 77 way back in July 2007.

He would drop a unanimous decision to "The Muscle Shark" and subsequently test positive for steroids.

Unfortunately his career would go into a tailspin following his loss to Sherk. After returning from a 12-month suspension stemming from his positive drug test, he came up short against Frankie Edgar in his July 2008 comeback fight at UFC Fight Night 14.

The Brazilian managed to bounce back with a win against his former Brazilian jiu-jitsu teacher Marcus Aurelio at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" the following October, but then shortly thereafter was arrested in Jupiter, Fla., on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Franca was scratched from his 155-pound match up against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 17 in Feb. 2009 due to an ACL tear in his right knee. He was paired up with Tyson Griffin at UFC 103 later in the year, where he was stopped via technical knockout in the second stanza.

He was later released by the UFC.

Franca would fight four times in 2011, going 3-1 and losing by knockout to Thawa Ril in his last professional bout under the IFC banner before heading to the slammer.

Now he's out.

If and when he ever returns to competition, however, is up to the promoters in Brazil.

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