Bellator Champ Lombard Defects to the UFC

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Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has  confirmed that Hector Lombard, the now former Middleweight Champion of the organization has officially signed with the UFC. Lombard was presented with a contract from the UFC about a week ago, Bellator had the right to match the offer but declined to do so citing “differences between the two organizational models as the obstacle that could not be overcome when it came to matching the UFC’s deal.” With the departure of Lombard, Alexander Shlemenko will face the winner of the season six Middleweight tournament to determine a new champion.

Hector Lombard enters the UFC with one of the longest current unbeaten streaks in MMA at 25 straight contests. At 24-0-1 with the draw coming to current UFC Middleweight Kyle Noke, Lombard holds notable victories over the likes of James Te Huna, Brian Ebersole, Kalib Starnes, Alexander Shlemenko, Joe Doerksen, Jesse Taylor and most recently Trevor Prangley.

The signing has not yet been confirmed by UFC officials and terms of the deal were not available however the contract is rumored to include pay-per-view bonuses, something that the UFC only offers to its top stars. With a few key victories, Lombard could be fast tracked to a UFC Middleweight Title shot with current kingpin Anderson Silva all but clearing out the division leaving few legitimate challengers.

13 Responses to “ Bellator Champ Lombard Defects to the UFC ”

  1. Cody Rempel says:

    Who should Lombard fight in his UFC debut?

    I’d like to see Lombard vs. Munoz (#3) or Brian Stann (#8) or Weidman (#10) first, they are the only guys in the top 15 that don’t have a fight coming up and are not coming off a loss! Okami (#7) also doesn’t have a fight scheduled but is coming off a loss!

    *Note: above are the rankings according to Sherdog… Fight Magazine has Munoz at 3, Stann at 13, Weidman at 14 and Okami at 16, Ed Herman at 18 is another option.

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  2. I like Stann or Munoz. Give him one fight and then a shot at the title. Would not mind him beating Bisping as well.

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  3. KeeSmyth says:

    Makes sense Bellator would let Lombard go besides the amount of money it cost them, he’s 34 so realistically he will start to slow down the next few years
    Fight with Brain Stann makes sense it would be be exciting and likely someone getting KTFO

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  4. Bobby Karimi says:

    I think Lombard is a very legit title contender. 1 fight and if he wins title shot.

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  5. Cody Rempel says:

    There goes two of my ideas… Munoz vs. Weidman is headlining UFC on Fuel 4

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  6. Wael Saghir says:

    I’m thinking Stann is most logical. Two guys that are gonna look to stand up. Both have excellent hand speed and head movement. Winner fights Belfort/Silva winner? Middleweight just got more interesting..

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  7. KeeSmyth says:

    What do you think the chances are that Hector is put on UFC 149 in Calgary?

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  8. Darren Owen says:

    Lombard vs Alan Belcher would be interesting as well. It’s nice there’s another legit contender at MW in the UFC.

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  9. Bobby Karimi says:

    KeeSmyth, I hope high :)

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  10. Jerobe says:

    I wouldn’t mind watching Palhares taking home Lombard’s leg

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  11. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    The only options are Stann or Okami, well maybe Ed Herman? Unless UFC 149 has Cote and they match against Lombard!

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  12. Cody Rempel says:

    Lombard vs. Stann at UFC on Fox 4!!!

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  13. Bobby Karimi says:

    Major fight! Awesome!

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