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Hector Lombard offered deal to sign with the UFC

Hector Lombard is a wanted man.

The current Bellator middleweight champ has not lost since 2006 and is the only fighter to ever wear the divisional belt in Bellator. However, his contract has expired, and it appears the UFC is interested in bringing Lombard’s fan-friendly style aboard.

In a recent interview with Sherdog, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed he has received a copy of the UFC contract given to Lombard. Rebney will work with his partners this coming weekend to decide if they will attempt to resign the Cuban jodka or allow him to test his skills inside the Octagon.

“Right now, we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement,” Rebney said. “The reality is that Hector is going to do extremely well whether he is fighting in the Octagon or the Bellator circle, and I think everybody knew that.”

Rebney added that he will focus on the Lombard contract after this Friday night’s Bellator 66 card, making a decision quickly for the best interest of Lombard. If he heads to the UFC, expect Lombard to receive a strong push and a top-level contender right away.

Lombard is a former Olympian with a 31-2 record and 24 finishes.


  • Dufresne says:

    This could be both a good thing and a bad thing for Bellator.

    By signing with the UFC they lose their most dominant fighter. But on the flip side they gain a bit more recognition if Lombard comes into the UFC and makes a real splash. It would also open up the MW division for Bellator as no one has really seemed able to challenge him and that division has gotten a bit stale. He might even spice up the UFC MW division if he can make it through the obligatory fight or two before challenging Silva. I’d love to see those two throw leather.

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  • Beautiful. Hector has fought some fairly tough dudes but its time to move up! I’d love to see him stand in front of leben belcher or bisping with his hands down like he did. Prangley.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i think its best all round, other than Schlemnko there really is no one at Bellator for him to fight, and he really is scraping the barrel and wasting his talents on the likes of Joe Doerksen and Trevor Prangey.
    I feel for Schlemenko not being able to avenge his loss, and to be fair i think he may get to the same stage where there is no one else for him to fight. I’d like to see them both in UFC and BFC middleweight to reset and start again

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  • Niv says:

    That’s exciting news, I’d love to see Lombard in the UFC. The MW division will become that much more exciting and I would expect Lombard to get a title shot pretty quick if he can get a win right away.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I hope he goes to the UFC. Id like to see him spice things up.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    I think him and Munoz would be a good start, or if thats too near the deep end then I think shields is coming back up to 185

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  • adamsfamily says:

    this might be a goofd year for 185. Shields coming up, Rich coming down. When rashad loses to jones, he might drop too. We have a potential change of the guard in Rio and Toquihno is swimming around waiting to dish out more post fight surgery

    all good?

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