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UFC still clinging to hopes of Lombard v. Parisyan?

It was reported yesterday that Hector Lombard, Karo Parisyan’s UFC 78 opponent, was unable to obtain a work visa to fight in New Jersey next month. The Fight Network is now reporting that Lombard is still on the roster:

UFC officials confirmed with The Fight Network yesterday that Hector Lombard (11-2-1, 1 NC), scheduled to face fellow Judoka Karo Parisyan at Nov. 17’s UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., has not been removed from the roster after a report surfaced yesterday that Lombard could not gain entry into the U.S. for the bout.

Cuban-born Lombard, who represented in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has been unable to secure a visa for the east coast engagement, but his management with Team Quest’s Murrieta, Calif. location is hopeful their client will receive an alternate work visa in time.

Let’s hope this guy gets his work visa. I want to see these two world class Judokas throw down inside the Octagon. Don’t count on it, though.

I do have a beef with this topic, however. How do you sign a guy when you don’t even know if he can get into the country to fight? Wouldn’t you think they’d have known about this? This one’s all on the UFC if Lombard doesn’t end up making the UFC 78 card.

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