Hermes Franca's Blogs

  • Weekend Rundown: Iceland’s Nelson Wins Eighth Straight By: Brian Knapp Illustration

    Undefeated Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson posted his eighth consecutive victory in a featured matchup at British Association of Mixed Martial Arts 4 on Saturday, as he submitted Eugene Fadiora with a first-round rear-naked choke at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Fadiora, who entered the match unblemished in nine previous bouts, met his demise 3:51 into round one.

    Nelson, a can’t-miss up-and-comer in the welterweight division by most accounts, took down Fadiora, passed to side mount and weakened him with hammerfists before securing the fight-ending choke. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, the 22-year-old Reykjavik, Iceland, native finished fourth in the absolute division at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships. Nelson has stopped his last three foes inside one round.

    Meanwhile, BAMMA middleweight champion Tom Watson retained his crown with a unanimous decision over Alex Reid in the main event. Watson has delivered eight wins in his past nine appearances, losing only to UFC veteran Jesse Taylor.

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  • UFC Announces Grappling Superfights By: Mike Fridley

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    The UFC on Tuesday made public its plans to host four grappling bouts at the 2010 UFC Fan Expo, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 28 and 29.

    “For grappling fans, this is an awesome opportunity to see some of the world’s best ground fighters compete against one another,” stated UFC President Dana White in a press release.

    May 28 Bouts:
    Shayna Baszler vs. Penny Thomas
    Hermes Franca vs. Bill Cooper

    May 29 Bouts:
    Caol Uno vs. Fredson Paixao
    Javier Vazquez vs. Jeff Glover

    Seating for the bouts will be limited and handled on a first come, first served basis, according to the press release. Tickets for the two-day expo are on sale now at

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  • Griffin, Franca Break Down Lightweight Showdown By: Staff

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