The next test for explosive Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard will come next month when the 30-2-1 title-holder faces Strikeforce/UFC veteran Trevor Prangley in headlining action at Bellator 58. Adding to the challenge, the bout will be contested at a catchweight of 195 pounds giving occasional light heavyweight Prangley a definite size advantage when he locks horns with Lombard at the event.
News of the November 19 match-up was officially revealed through a Bellator press release where both men commented on the impending pairing.
“Both of us are going to get in that cage and throw bombs, no questions asked,” stated Prangley “It’s no secret both of us like to stand and bang, and that’s exactly what everyone is going to get. I know Hector is really tough on his feet, but so am I, so he’s going to have to play my game when the cage door shuts.”
Lending weight to Prangley’s statements on toughness are both his record (23-8-1) and the fact he’s only been stopped by strikes twice in a decade-long career while picking up wins along the way over the likes of Matt Horwich, Travis Lutter, Keith Jardine, and Chael Sonnen.
However, he has yet to face an opponent with stand-up as dynamic as Lombard’s who has sixteen TKOs to his credit. The American Top Team product has also avoided defeat for more than five years with a 23-0-1 record over the period.
“I just want November to get here and knock someone out,” the explosive Cuban explained. “I doesn’t matter who it is, I just want to do what I do and that’s win. I don’t know much about Trevor, but it doesn’t matter. I’ll be in front of my fans in Florida, and it’s going to be a show.”
Bellator 58 is also expected to host the conclusion of the promotion’s Season 5 Middleweight Tournament with semifinalists Bryan Baker, Brian Rogers, Vitor Vianna, and Alexander Shlemenko facing off next weekend at Bellator 54 to determine who will fill the final two slots.
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