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Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hermes Franca in Sacramento, Calif. at UFC 73. He did challenge Sean Sherk for the UFC lightweight title, but he was unable wrest the belt away from the champion. It wasn’t for lack of trying, however.

Franca did manage to land several knees to the chin of Sherk throughout the fight, but the champ’s chin seems to be comprised of granite. Despite Franca’s efforts, it was Sherk that was able to take him down and keep him there for the majority of their five rounds.

The loss breaks an eight-fight winning streak that spans the last year-and-a-half of Franca’s career. A run like that equates to accomplishment in nearly anyone’s book. But it is not without a price and Franca has paid that price.

He says that his body is growing weary and that he needs to refocus some of his efforts on the other members of his fight team, The Armory. It’s not that he is disappointed in his efforts against Sherk; it is more that he feels there has been enough focus on him over the past couple of years.

It’s time for Franca to give his body a break and put some of the spotlight on his charges.

MMAWeekly spoke with Franca following his UFC 73 bout with Sherk. Watch the exclusive interview In The Cage of MMAWeekly.com’s Premium Members’ section.

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