Bellator Champ Lombard Defects to the UFC
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.