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Hermes Franca Lined Up to Face Drew Fickett at MFC 29

Lightweight veteran Hermes Franca has inked a three-fight deal with Canada's MFC promotion and will make his debut with the company at MFC 29 on April 8 in Ontario.

Franca will meet fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett in the co-main event, pending approval from the Ontario athletic commission, says the MFC's official website.

The 39-year-old Franca (20-11) last month finally had his arm raised after five winless outings (one of which was the controversial no contest) dating back to UFC 103 in September 2009. Franca had signed with MFC a year ago, but decided to retire after a disappointing loss to up-and-comer Eric Wisely. His retirement would only last eight months.

Fickett (41-13) is undefeated in his last five fights, including submission victories over Derrick Noble, Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and Carlo Prater. Fickett made his MFC debut two weeks ago and finished UFC veteran Matt Veach with an armbar in 36 seconds.

MFC 29 is currently scheduled to feature two title bouts. Welterweight titleholder Douglas Lima will face Terry Martin and Ryan Jimmo will make his first light heavyweight title defense against Emanuel Newton. Recent signee Marcus Davis is also expected to compete on the card.