Explosive Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard kept his incredible winning streak intact this weekend by submitting Ultimate Fighter stand-out Jesse “J.T. Money” Taylor at AFC 2, the nineteenth consecutive victory of his impressive run. In fact, the 33-year old Lombard has not lost in nearly five years – 24 total fights – since being outpointed by former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Gegard Mousasi at a PRIDE event in 2006.
Lombard latched on to a Heel Hook early in the second round to bring about the fight’s end, once again showing the inherent danger involved in facing him as the Cuban-born fighter not only has explosive striking but an excellent ground-game to boot.
The loss snapped a winning streak for 19-7 Taylor who had triumphed in five straight including victories over Murilo Bustamante and Denis Kang.
Comparably, the showing marked the seventh tap-out of Lombard’s career and improved his overall record to 30-2-1, building on past success against Brian Ebersole, Niko Vitale, Joe Doerksen, and Alexander Shlemenko. 23 of his wins have been the result of a finishing performance.
Also in action at the Melbourne-based event, Polish youngster Marcin Held had his hand raised as the result of an Inverted Heel Hook after being choked out cold by Michael Chandler in March at Bellator 36. The 19-year old is now 11-2 in his career with the bulk of his wins involving submission stoppages.
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