Hector Lombard didn’t give up his Bellator FC middleweight title to be just another member of the UFC‘s roster. No, Lombard has his sights set on facing Anderson Silva, securing the belt, and going down in history as one of the best 185ers of all time.
Recently, the Cuban Olympian signed a contract with the UFC, exiting Bellator as the champion after an extended run in the organization. However, his deal expired, no contractual issues kept him from leaving, and though Bellator had a chance to match Zuffa’s offer they opted not to.
“I’ve wanted to fight in the UFC all my career,” said Lombard recently. “I want to be the UFC middleweight champion and I wan to fight Anderson Silva to do it. I have such respect for him as a fighter, it would be an honor and a dream come true to test my skills against his. I wouldn’t be in the UFC if I didn’t think I could win the UFC world title.”
Lombard had previously signed to fight inside the Octagon in 2007 but visa issues kept him from making an appearance. His first foe inside the Octagon is still unknown, but with as much publicity as his signing received fans can expect a pretty strong contender in the division to test Lombard’s skills right off the bat.
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