Rather than sit out for seven months waiting for his May 14 non-title bout against Falaniko Vitale, Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard will look to defend his other strap later this month in Australia. The highly-touted 27-2 middleweight fighter, will defend his Cage Fighting Championship 185-pound title against UFC and WEC veteran Joe Doerksen Down Under at CFC 16 at Big Top Luna Park in Sydney March 25.
Born in Cuba, Lombard resided in Australia for several years after defecting from the communist country following the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 20 of his 27 wins have come by finish including his record-setting six-second knockout of Jay Silva that earned him the fastest KO in Bellator history. The ATT-trained fighter has not lost since 2006 when he dropped a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 and has never lost a fight in Australia. The closest he came was a draw to Kyle Noke in the inaugural CFC show in 2007. Soon after the fight with Noke, Lombard, who was then a welterweight, was signed by the UFC and was slated to take on Karo Parisyan at UFC 78. Visa issues forced Lombard off the card and prompted the UFC to tear up his contract.
At 46-14 in 60 career bouts, the former WEC number one middleweight contender, Doerksen brings with him experience unparalleled by any of Lombard’s past opponents. “El Dirte” will be hungry for a win having lost his past two bouts. In his last fight at UFC 124 in December Doerkson lost a controversial split-decision to Dan Miller after controlling most of the bout and was dropped by the Zuffa-owned promotion as a result of two straight losses in the Octagon. He holds wins over Patrick Cote, Ed Herman, Riki Fukuda, Denis Kang, Travis Galbraith John Alessio and Lee Murray and has dropped decisions to David Loiseau, Nate Marquardt and Matt Lindland.