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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.