Two members of the legendary Gracie family to compete in grappling superfights at UFC Fan Expo

Rolles Gracie vs. Roberto Abreu Gregor Gracie vs. Pablo Popovitch Hermes Franca vs. Ryan Hall Penny Thomas vs. Tracey Goodell Las Vegas, NV (USA) – They are known for putting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the map. Using revolutionary techniques that changed the face of combat sports forever, the legendary Gracie family consists of some of … Read more

Four grappling superfights announced for UFC Fan Expo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fans of UFC have to be excited about the recent announcement made by President Dana White. White announced Tuesday on UFC.com that the UFC Fan Expo will now include grappling superfights involving Caol Uno, Hermes Franca, Fredson Paixao and Javier Vazquez. The event, which will be held May 28-29, will also … Read more

UFC veterans Josh Neer and Hermes Franca part of MaxFightsDM card in January

Josh Neer and Hermes Franca will fight on MaxFightsDM's "Ballroom Brawl IV" card .

World Renowned MMA/UFC Fighters Josh Neer and Hermes Franca Will Co-Headline MaxFightsDM Ballroom Brawl IV Event at the Val Air Ballroom in January

Des Moines, IA – December 5, 2009 – MaxFightsDM has announced an event featuring two of the most recognized figures in MMA today. Ballroom Brawl IV will be held at the Val Air Ballroom on Friday, January 8 and features ten MMA bouts, including co-headline events that feature Josh Neer and Hermes Franca.

Josh Neer is clearly the most successful and popular fighter that has come out of Des Moines. The ten time UFC vets career started at the legendary Toad Holler in 2001 where he built an 89-1 amateur record before going pro, then on to defeat the likes of Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig in the UFC.

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PROMMA.INFO UFC 103 staff picks

“UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort” takes place tonight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. A couple of the preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV beginning at 8 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. PT and the main card will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. PT.

As always, the PROMMA.INFO staff has come together to give you our predictions on the fights.

TYSON GRIFFIN vs. HERMES FRANCA

  • Jeff Howard: Franca has been under the radar as of late, except for his out of the Octagon troubles. Griffin has shown amazing stand up in his last couple of fights, and will win via ref stoppage in the 1st round.
  • Eddie Constantine: Griffin by decision in “rinse and repeat” performance of Tyson taking him down, Hermes getting up. Trying to land a big shot and Tyson takes him down again.
  • Richard Mann: This is starting to seem like a conspiracy. Tyson Griffin always gets matched up with fighters who rely on their Brazilian jiu jitsu. He has the perfect skill set to defeat them. His anti-jiu jitsu will lead him to another decision victory here. Griffin via Decision.
  • Dusty Adams: Griffin. Griffin is always in an exciting fight as well as Franca. Both are solid on the ground but Griffin is the more technical striker and should win a unanimous decision.
  • Jack Bratcher: Hermes had to have this fight moved to 159 lbs. That tells me he is not in as good shape as he should be. If you aren’t 100% for Tyson Griffin, you’re in trouble. Tyson is known for grinding out those decisions so, I have to go with Tyson Griffin by unanimous decision.

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Remaining bouts confirmed for UFC 103

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by TEQUILA CAZADORES, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19.

Tickets for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort are still on sale and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, AmericanAirlinesCenter.com, American Airlines Center Box Office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Prices do not include service charges.

UFC 103 Fight Card:

  • RICH FRANKLIN vs. VITOR BELFORT
  • MIRKO CRO COP vs. JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
  • MARTIN KAMPMANN vs. PAUL DALEY
  • JOSH KOSCHECK vs. FRANK TRIGG
  • TYSON GRIFFIN vs. HERMES FRANCA
  • EFRAIN ESCUDERO vs. COLE MILLER
  • DREW MCFEDRIES vs. TOMASZ DRWAL
  • JIM MILLER vs. STEVE LOPEZ
  • NIK LENTZ vs. RAFAELLO OLIVEIRA
  • RICK STORY vs. BRIAN FOSTER
  • ELIOT MARSHALL vs. JASON BRILZ
  • VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO vs. IGOR POKRAJAC
  • ROBERT EMERSON vs. RAFAEL DOS ANJOS

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Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson 2 headlines UFC 103

The UFC announced today that a rematch between Rich “Ace” Franklin (25-4) and Dan Henderson (25-7) will be the main event for UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on September 19th.

The first bout between the two was a light heavyweight fight in the main event at UFC 93 held this past January in Dublin, Ireland, that saw Henderson come away with a split decision victory. One judge scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Franklin, while the other two judges had it 29-28 in favor of Henderson.

Both fighters have fought once since their first meeting, with Franklin defeating Wanderlei Silva in a catch weight fight of 195 lbs. at UFC 99 by unanimous decision, and Henderson beating Michael Bisping with a second round knockout at UFC 100.

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UFC heads back to Texas for UFC 103

FOUR FIGHTS ALREADY INKED FOR FIRST-EVER UFC EVENT IN DALLAS: MIKE SWICK vs. MARTIN KAMPMANN, EFRAIN ESCUDERO vs. COLE MILLER, JOSH KOSCHECK vs. FRANK TRIGG, TYSON GRIFFIN vs. HERMES FRANCA

LIVE FROM THE AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2009

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – As the old adage proclaims, everything is bigger and better in Texas. On Saturday, September 19th, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will prove it as the organization brings one of the most talent-rich events of the year to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 103. Featuring four pivotal bouts with world title implications as well as a main event still to be announced, the star power on the UFC card, which includes Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, will more than light up the Texas night.

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“SSF Invitational 10: Darkness” takes place this Saturday May 2nd in Clarksville, Tennessee

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received the full lineup of fights for “SSF Invitational 10: Darkness” which will take place at Appleton’s Harley Davidson in Clarksville, Tennessee this Saturday, May 2nd. There will be a total of sixteen MMA fights scheduled for the show including four title fights.

UFC veteran Hermes Franca will be there cornering fighters from SSF Submission Academy. After the fights everyone with ticket stubs will get into the after party for free. Hermes will be hosting the party along with Appleton, Budweiser, Drash and SSF.

Gates open at 2:00 pm CST and fights start at 3:00 pm CST. Tickets are general admission $15 and table seats $30. Appleton’s Harley Davidson is located at 2501 Hwy 41A Bypass, Clarksville, TN 37043. For tickets, information, or directions, call 931-561-0917.

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THE INFO: exclusive interview with Joe Lauzon – PRO MMA podcast

Joe Lauzon joined Matt De La Rosa for an exclusive interview for this special edition of ‘THE INFO’. Nearly a week removed from his Ultimate Fight Night 17 victory over Jeremy Stephens, ‘J-Lau’ talked about how he prepared for ‘Lil Heathen’ after Hermes Franca went down. Joe also talked about the recent media blitz he … Read more

Fighters make weight for UFC Fight Night 17

All fighters for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 made weight today although Josh Neer and Rich Clementi both weighed in at 156.5 on their first attempt. The main event will feature Jeremy Stephens vs Joe Lauzon. Lauzon was originally slated to fight Hermes Franca, a training partner of Stephens, until he had to pull out due … Read more