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UFC inks Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney knew he could lose Hector Lombard once the middleweight’s four-year contract expired. Now, those fears have come true, as Lombard has signed his contract with the UFC meaning Bellator was unable to match Zuffa’s offer (or chose not to).

The current Bellator middleweight champion will compete inside the Octagon for the first time in his career, bringing a 31-2-1 record with him to the promotion.

“I am in the UFC it is official,” a happy Lombard posted on his Twitter account earlier today.

The former Olympic Judoka has not lost since 2006 in a match against Gegard Mousasi. At 34 years old, Lombard seems to still be in his prime, having stopped Trevor Prangley in his last fight with Bellator and generally destroying all opponents he’s faced over the past few years.

Lombard has competed at both light heavyweight and middleweight during his MMA caree, and owns the fastest recorded knockout in Bellator history at eight seconds. He has also won eight consecutive fights in Bellator, a record for the promotion.

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR/UFC

12 COMMENTS
  • Niv says:

    Very exciting news, I can’t wait to see some of the match-ups in the MW division now. Things just got very interesting, who wouldn’t want to see Lombard vs Silva?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Lombard should be tested straight away but Im sure cost a lot of money so perhaps they will give him a warm up or 2.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Light heavyweight and middleweight are both going to need contenders soon. Maybe one fight to prove to the fans he can hang in the UFC but I am expecting they’ll be trying to cash in on the investment ASAP.

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  • Sykotick says:

    I’d actually like to see him and my boy Vitor lock horns

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Lombard v. Stann! Bombs away!

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    think i’d go with a Chris Leben first, either that or they make the effort to bring over Gegard and put a rematch together

    gutted for Schlemenko though, now HE has no one to fight

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  • Hell yes

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  • This poses some really interesting matches. As previously mentioned stann and leben are great. Matches Munoz bisping the winner of palhares vs.belcher would.all make for entertaining fights that would quickly let us know where Hector fits in in the ufc

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  • Rece Rock says:

    When is the Crippler’s suspension up?

    I’m excited for a BFC champion to make an impact in the UFC.

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  • joe mo mma says:

    About freakin time this happened. UFC should throw him right near the top against a top level MW..

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  • MCM says:

    Read that Lombard is getting a PPV cut, so I’m sure their gonna throw him in at the top right away. If Palhares gets by Belcher, I wanna see the battle of two tree stumps. Or if they want to build him up to casuals, toss him in there with Rich Franklin.

    Schlemenko is gonna fight the winner of the MW tourney for the vacant belt.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Palhares v Lombard? I’m 100% behind that match up Mr. MCM. Vicious BJJ v Olympic level Judo with a BJJ blackbelt thrown in for good measure? Yes please.

    I also like the idea of Lombard v Belfort as well. That’d be a guaranteed firefight.

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