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Sunday, Apr 13, 2003

Q & A With Hermes Franca

By Joe hall

Q & A with Hermes Franca

Although his English is not always easily understood, a colossal smile stretching from the U.S. to Brazil perfectly conveys Hermes Franca’s jovial manner. Outside the ring, you won’t catch him without a wild grin. Inside, you won’t see him slow until he’s put away his adversary. And once he’s choked out another challenger, he’ll be beaming soon after. In less than two years of professional mixed martial arts experience, the easygoing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has emerged as one of the top prospects at 145 pounds, facing six opponents and finishing them all. His aggressiveness and skill have earned him a shot in UFC 42, which will be held in the state of Franca’s current residence, Florida. The American Top Team-trained fighter will have to step up in weight to 155 to face Rich Crunkilton, but he’ll have a wealth of supporters behind him when he enters the Octagon on April 25.

Hermes Franca
FCF:   Where did you grow up?
Hermes Franca:   I grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil. It’s a very nice place — beach, sun, etc. It looks like Miami.

FCF:   What sports did you play when you were growing up?
HF:     I played futeb

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