Hector Lombard Signs With UFCThe UFC's 185lb Middleweight division just got a little bit more dangerous, as former Bellator Middleweight champion, Hector Lombard, has stated that he has officially signed a deal to to join the UFC. Lombard has been out of contract with Bellator for a little while now, and recieved an offer from the UFC that Bellator had the option of matching, something they chose not to do.
Speaking about letting his superstar champion leave the promotion, CEO Bjorn Rebney stated:
"We have a business model where we make decisions based on analyzing data. Since the first day we came into being, we made decisions based on real models, not hypotheticals. The UFC model is largely based on pay-per-view, and the offer they made to Hector is going to be monetized via pay-per-view. While pay-per-view could play a role in our future, today it doesn't. So, we did our due diligence to review the UFC contract, analyzed it in terms of charging our audience to see Hector vs. putting him on free TV, and we decided to allow the UFC to sign Hector, where I am extremely confident he will win the UFC middleweight title on pay-per-view."
34 year old Hector "Lightning" Lombard (31-2-1-1) has long been seen as the best middleweight not signed by either of the Zuffa promotions (UFC/Strikeforce). The Cuban knockout machine has hands explosive enough to destroy small buildings, which shows with 17 (T)KO wins on his record.
Lombard originally won the Bellator middleweight title back in 2009 at Bellator 12, yet has only actually defended the belt once, a decision win against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 34. The rest of Lombard's Bellator bouts have either been non-title or catchweight fights.
The Cuban was also the CFC Middleweight champion, winning the belt back in 2007, and defending it seven times. Lombard is currently on a 25 fight unbeaten streak going back five years.
No word yet on who Lombard will face in his UFC debut, or how long we will have to wait.
Published by Lee Rabey - Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:59