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
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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