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It’s Official: Hector Lombard Signs With the UFC

(Who the hell just asked me if I want to be a f*cking fighter?!) 

Talk about a great way to start of your day. Confirmed by none other than “Lightning” himself via his Twitter, it appears that Hector Lombard has officially signed with the UFC. After being offered a contract a little over a week ago, Lombard gave the Bellator brass a chance to match the UFC’s bid. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney must have come to the same realization that nearly every sappy rom-com protagonist has; if you love something, let it go. Here’s what he told MMAFighting, who first broke the news:

We have a business model where we make decisions based on analyzing data. Since the first day we came into being, we made decisions based on real models, not hypotheticals. The UFC model is largely based on pay-per-view, and the offer they made to Hector is going to be monetized via pay-per-view. While pay-per-view could play a role in our future, today it doesn’t. So, we did our due diligence to review the UFC contract, analyzed it in terms of charging our audience to see Hector vs. putting him on free TV, and we decided to allow the UFC to sign Hector, where I am extremely confident he will win the UFC middleweight title on pay-per-view.

Currently 31-2-1 in MMA competition, Lombard finds himself on a ridiculous 25-fight unbeaten streak, including victories over TUF 7′s Jesse Taylor, UFC veterans Brian Ebersole and Joe Doerksen, and arch-nemesis Alexander Shlemenko, who, barring a sudden signing with the UFC, will not be receiving his well-earned rematch with Lombard anytime soon. Lombard has not lost a fight since 2006, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi at Pride Bushido 13.

So I ask unto you, Potato Nation, who should Lombard face in his octagon debut? And how will he cope with fighting in a ring smaller than your average soccer arena?

Help us bid adieu to Hector’s Bellator run with a look back at his greatest hits.

Lombard vs. Jay Silva a.k.a “Six Second Prison Rape

Lombard vs. Herbert Goodman a.k.a “A Corpse Named ‘Whisper’ 

Lombard vs. Falaniko Vitale a.k.a “The Chris Hansen 

Lombard vs. Prangley a.k.a “DEAR GOD REF, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!” 

Lombard vs. Alexander Shlemenko a.k.a “The Lone Survivor” 

-J. Jones

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CanadianClassix- April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am
Lombard vs Rashad at Middleweight make it happen joe silva
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- April 26, 2012 at 4:05 am
I Know Nothing- April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm
looks like he's on the same "anti-inflammatory" injections as Overeem.
Cornerman- April 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Straight in for a shitle tot.
UFCFightBlogger- April 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm
It will be interesting to see who the UFC pairs him up with. Stann could be a good opponent since he is willing to stand and exchange. Okami might be a good match up but he might blanket Lombard in a boring fight. Either way, the UFC might not want to have Lombard’s debut fight result in a loss so they could give him someone less talented.

Check out this article and clip about Lombard
tallkitchenbags- April 25, 2012 at 4:07 pm
his first opponent should be a piss test. dude looks pretty jacked up to my eyes.
MrNiceGuy- April 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares
Lesnarischamp- April 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm
hopefully he's smarter with his testosterone use than overeem.
Chonde- April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Let him kick the crap out of Bisping! Who doesn't love watching Bisping get laid out cold?
mDino- April 25, 2012 at 11:33 am
ebersole fights at 170 now. hector looks like too much of a seasoned balloon to make that weight.
towelie- April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am
still not sold on this guy as a top5 MW. Can we start him against Leben, Cung, or like ME says winner of Vitor/Wandy. Maybe give the Hairrow another shot.
wayz59- April 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm
I agree, I think that he should start his UFC career off against Leben.
Big Daddy Duker- April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am
I'm pretty sure that Bisping needs some of that.
d-vex- April 25, 2012 at 11:00 am
let him beat the shit out of bisping for his first fight
RwilsonR- April 25, 2012 at 10:54 am
Fun fact: Hector Lombard drinks Rousimar Palhares' urine as a performance enhancing drug.
The Fresh One- April 25, 2012 at 10:52 am
Paul Harris
knucklesamitch- April 25, 2012 at 10:25 am
immediate title shot.
MikeSeth- April 25, 2012 at 10:20 am
he could beat up rich franklin at 185, then anderson.
Litos- April 25, 2012 at 10:18 am
The twitter campaign is already underway... #LombardvsStann. Make it happen!!!
RearNakedSpoon- April 25, 2012 at 10:05 am
If he promises to get in Silva's face and swing for the fences this could be good. Otherwise it's just someone else to dance around and there is too many of those at 185 unfortunately.
Fried Taco- April 25, 2012 at 9:41 am
I'm pretty sure he wants to avenge his loss to Gono.
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 9:31 am
Damn, that top pic looks like Lombard just got finished hitting somebody with a fucking axe.
StandNBang- April 25, 2012 at 9:24 am
Lombard VS Sonnen or Lombard VS Silva either one right away
ReX13- April 25, 2012 at 9:13 am
i hope he finally gets that shot at Joss Bordeaux, he's been wanting that one for a minute.
TheWarsawExpress- April 25, 2012 at 9:06 am
But what is he going to do about the surpise piss tests?
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Fail the test