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Old 04-21-2004, 08:45 AM #1
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UFC lightweight standout Hermes Franca is resembling a TV makeover contestant these days. Actually, the American Top Team fighter is taking time off to correct a broken nose he's been sporting for over a year. "My nose was broken in four pieces," the fan favorite fighter commented from his home in Florida two days after surgery. "You believe that? Unbelievable." Franca explains he broke his nose sparring in preparation for his UFC 42 debut against Rich Crunkilton last April in Miami, but after his win, three consecutive opportunities to fight in the UFC were too good to put on hold.

Coming off two heated back-to-back losses at UFC 46 and 47, first to AKA's Josh Thomson and then to Texan Yves Edwards in a close split decision, the fiery fighter's first inclination was to get right back on the horse. "After my last fight, I told my coach Marcelo and Liborio I wanna fight May 1st in the AFC," explains the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, "but they said no way Hermes. Go fix your nose and forget about fight right now."

Heeding his coaches' recommendations, Franca opted for the surgery he's put off for three consecutive fights. Doctors removed cartilage from Franca's ear to reconstruct the damage in his nose, which had slowly begun to impair his breathing. "My nose was bad after my fight against Josh Thomson and I fought against Yves [and it] was terrible. I was breathing from my mouth, you know?"

On the mend for the next forty-five days till he can get back to training, Franca says he will accompany his jiu-jitsu instructor and teammate Marcus Aurelio to Japan for an upcoming fight in the ZST event, but his thoughts have not drifted far from his own return to competition. "I wish to go back to the UFC, maybe as early as September. I gonna be back," the upbeat fighter predicted.

In the meantime, Franca will watch from the sidelines as his two former opponents Thomson and Edwards battle it out at UFC 49. The fighters, as well as UFC fans, await confirmation that the bout will be for the reinstated lightweight title. Who will Franca be rooting for? "I wish it be draw," Franca laughs, before adding, "I wanna fight of the winner. Doesn't matter. I think I beat both these [fighters already]."

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Old 04-21-2004, 09:23 AM #2
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OUCH!!!
That looks painful and I don't mean punched in the face painful I mean face run over by a mack truck painful
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Franca owns.
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