The UFC has announced that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert, Hermes Franca, has suffered a knee injury during one of his training sessions. According to his training team, Franca tore the ACL of his right knee and had no other choice but to cancel his participation at UFN 17. Due to this, Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens was added as a late replacement to fight against Joe "J-lau" Lauzon in the UFC Fight Night 17 main event.
Message from Hermes Franca:
"To all my fans, unfortunately I am not gonna be able to fight UFC 17 in Tampa, Florida. I just tore my ACL on my right knee last Saturday…I think you guys deserve to hear that from me. I just want to take care of that, and Joe Lauzon you're a lucky mother f%#ker lololol (J/K). Thank you UFC, my fans, friends for the support, I was training hard and I was so excited, but there's nothing I can do, (could be worse), so Hermes Franca will take a break for some recovery and come back stronger than ever like I always do!!!!