Several former UFC fighters were arrested in the past two weeks on various charges.
First up, former UFC lightweight contender Hermes Franca has been charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse in Oregon. Examiner.com has the story:
Former UFC lightweight standout Hermes Franca turned himself over to the Clackamas County Jail Monday night, charged with seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the first degree (ORS.163.427) as well as two counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the second degree (ORS.163.408). Both crimes fall under Oregon’s Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentencing for serious crimes, carrying a minimum term of 75 months each. Franca’s bail has been set at $250,000.
Word is Franca was in Brazil when he first heard of the charges that stem from (an) alleged incident(s) last December. After consulting with an attorney, France decided to fly back to the US and turn himself in to authorities in Clackamas County. The report states that Franca plead not guilty to all nine charges, but MMA Weekly says his plea is not on record with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Franca’s trial is set for July 12, 2011. He has since been released by the MFC due to the pending charges and a breach of contract for fighting outside of the organization.
Franca isn’t the only UFC vet to get himself in hot water with the law. It’s not nearly as serious as Franca’s case, but Ricco Rodriguez, who has been on a comeback trail of sorts as of late, was arrested in Arizona last weekend for allegedly throwing a taxi driver to the ground during a dispute over a $70 cab fare then subsequently resisting arrest. KSAZ Fox 10 has the details:
When the cab fare came to $70, Rodriguez allegedly refused to give the driver more than $20. They got into an argument and the cab driver called 911.
Rodriguez grabbed the man and tossed him to the ground, according to police. When officers tried to take him into custody, he allegedly pushed one of them into a wall.
Police say it took two Phoenix Police officers and an off-duty officer to get him under control.
“It’s our policy to handcuff behind — that did not occur. He was struggling with the officers, flailing his arms… one of the officers was pushed against the wall, and we believe at that point he sustained a minor injury or cut to his elbow,” says Sgt. Steve Martos.
And last but not least, Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, a staple of the UFC heavyweight division right before the organization took off, was arrested last week on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft, according to a report by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Correira allegedly stole $4,200 worth of electronics from a Hawaiian Paradise Park home on Sept. 1, 2009 and an iPhone from a Makaala Street store on April 8, 2011. He has since plead not guilty to both charges and is being held at Hawaii Community Correctional Center with bail set at $19,900. He faces a maximum 10-yr prison sentence for the burglary charge and maximum 5-yr prison sentence for the theft charge. His trial is set for Aug. 1.