Hermes Franca loses highly controversial decision in Costa Rica


 Ferrid Kheder handed former UFC lightweight title contender Hermes Franca his fifth consecutive defeat in a controversial decision at Xtreme Vale Todo 5 on Sunday at the San Luis Gonzaga Gymnasium in Cartago, Costa Rica.

A 13-time national judo champion in his native France, Kheder has rattled off six straight wins. Franca, whom many observers believe won the match, took his foe’s back twice in the third round and threatened to finish him with a rear-naked choke.

The ring announcer named Franca as the original winner -- the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt even had his hand raised -- before switching gears and delivering the news Kheder had won. Franca, who fought Sean Sherk for the UFC lightweight crown in 2007, has won only one of his seven bouts since.

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"Hermes got ripped of tonight. The judges gave it 10-9 for every round, told the ref Hermes won so he lifted Hermes hand, then the promoter ran in and told them to give the belt to Ferrid. I even saw the actual score cards, all rounds went to Hermes. The ref had a disgusted look on his face and refused to raise Ferrids hand.

Its some major sketchy drama but this truth will unfold over the next few days. I may have video of the score cards. Downloadable versionsn of the fight should be online tomorrow."


rom: mma ceo
Member Since: 8/13/08
Posts: 173
 Hermes won that fight!!

FYI Ferrid is the co-owner of the show,matchmaker,promoter and main event fighter......... that is all

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Oddessa site profile image  

12/20/10 7:56 PM by Oddessa

That really  sux if he got robbed.. I only been to 1 CR MMA show in all my 10 years down here...and never been involved with a show...nor desire to be. I apologize to Hermes for the decision if it was corrupt on behalf of the great people that live in CR..  Costa Rica is areally beautifull country ...but as Hopkin said saturday night ....incompetant and bullshit decisions are not always limited to borders....people are jusyt  honest or not...competent or not. Sorry Hermes...People will see it for what it was if you got jobbed.  All the best and try not to let it ruin ur holiday. All the best boss. God bless.

Keith McKay site profile image  

12/20/10 10:03 AM by Keith McKay

No way Hermes lost. I turned it off after the fight.

albo2020 site profile image  

12/20/10 9:20 AM by albo2020

Not the worst Dec I have ever seen, Phan-Garcia comes to mind since it was so recent. What made this look so bad is the announcer starts to say Hermes and in the middle changes to Ferrid, I guess the announcer was just as surprised as everyone else in the audience. Sherdog still hasn't posted the results for the last few fights on that card, since they did host the live stream hopefully someone from Sherdog will inquire to what each "official" score card was, As no scores were announced all night. nOt sure they can do much more than that.

fastrack site profile image  

12/20/10 3:36 AM by fastrack


fastrack site profile image  

12/20/10 1:54 AM by fastrack

that's how they determine decisions over there, the judges already went home

caposa site profile image  

12/20/10 1:46 AM by caposa

That was terrible

opsy site profile image  

12/20/10 1:41 AM by opsy

5 losses in a row for Hermes

MahatmaPetey site profile image  

12/20/10 1:37 AM by MahatmaPetey

Not surprising. I hope this fight gets some attention, because that was straight up fixed.

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12/20/10 1:33 AM by mma ceo

 Hermes won that fight!! FYI Ferrid is the co-owner of the show,matchmaker,promoter and main event fighter......... that is all

KwikTempah site profile image  

12/20/10 1:29 AM by KwikTempah

local guy refused to lower his hand until the decision was reversed