Franca tests positive
As if MMA doesn't have enough critics already
This statement was provided to MMAWeekly on behalf of Hermes Franca to address the positive drug test as found by the California State Athletic Commission after his bout with Sean Sherk at UFC 73:
In the next few days, the results from the California Commission will be released. The tests will show that I had a "banned substance" in my system.
I would like to apologize to my fans, the UFC, my students and family. I offer only an explanation and not an excuse. I made a decision during a difficult time in my training for the fight that I regret.
About 8 weeks out from the fight, I badly injured my ankle during a training session. For the following week I had rested it, rehabbed it and tried to work around the injury. It was obvious that I could not train as required.
I contacted the UFC and explained my injury and how I could not possibly train to the level I thought I would need in order to be properly prepared for my fight. I asked the UFC if we could push the fight out to the following UFC with the chance that it could happen. They explained that they could not do that and that the card had been set and it isnt as easy as just moving around a fight. I totally understood their position. They asked me to keep them informed should I not be able to fight.
I had not fought for 5 months. Fighting is literally how I put food on my wife and childs table and how I pay my bills. As a fighter though, even at this level, I live a simple life and I literally live from fight to fight. Not getting a paycheck for another few months and losing my chance to fight Sean for the title was overpowering. Fighting is the life I chose and I love it.
As a lightweight fighter, our purses are comparatively
small. The public sees the payouts. As lightweights, we do not pull down the money anything near the bigger guys. Its just the way it is. I think Sean fought and defended his title for less than $30,000. Its no ones fault, its just the market. I love the sport, I love the people in the
At this point I was desperate and needed anything I could to get my injury as close to healing as possible and be able to recover from the daily training regimen I was going through. I made the shortsighted choice to hopefully accelerate the healing process and allow me to keep training. Under the pressure of literally not being able to pay next months bills I made a choice. I had to fight and did whatever I could to do so.
I hope my fans, students, the UFC and the public accept my
sincere apology. Whatever punishment is dictated by the California Athletic Commission I will understand. I would like to get through this very difficult time and the times ahead and get back to fighting. All the best to my fans and much thanks to my family and friends that continue to support me during these times.
**Franca tested positive to Drostanolone. He has been fined $2500 and suspended through his licensing year which is July 5, 2008.
I do actually feel sorry for him.
I am a bit overly sympathetic usually though.
Well, it doesn't look good for MMA, but it looks a heck of a lot better for him to say "I did it" then Barry Bonds in Baseball and Floyd Landis in cycling. What he did is detestable. How he's handling it is admirable.
Wow, I can't even fault the guy. I can see Dana totally locking him out if he didn't take the fight.
Don't have much sympathy for him.
Yes, if he's telling the truth, he was in a crappy situation. But that's the nature of fighting. He made a stupid decision. He took roids, got caught, stained his reputation, and still lost the fight. If he's so concerned about his family, he should try thinking about their future. And if they're hungry, he should get a job.
If he had refused to fight, he would've been better off in the long run. Or even if he slacked in his training to let himself heal, the worst that would've happened was a loss (which happened anyway).
**** steriod-using cheats.
damn, i just made a similar thread, same time as the OP....
but only, i added the other important fact...that sherk also tested positive
albeit, not levels that are through the roof or anything, but as it stands, he is positive as well
thread is here