Last week, the UFC made news when the made an offer to 185 lb Bellator Champion Hector Lombard that Bellator President Bjorn Rebney chose not to match. Now the UFC is talking about Lombard making his debut on their UFC on FOX 4 card slated for August 4th, 2012 in Los Angeles against veteran Brian Stann. It is a fight to get excited about, as Stann is one of the UFC’s top performers at 185, however Lombard may be the best MMA artist that was not in the UFC prior to this signing. But people are going to want to know if Lombard can hang, and Stann will help us find out in Lombard’s very first match.
Stann is coming off a standout finish of Italian striker Alessio Sakara, and he is one of the UFC’s contenders in the Middleweight class, so he is certainly a stiff test for a newcomer.
Lombard is probably Bellator’s biggest asset, so letting him go means the UFC made an offer they didn’t think made business sense to match. Lombard has not lost a fight in roughly six years, and in his last outing he took out Trevor Prangley. Prangley owns a victory on Chael Sonnen, and Lombard’s resume is dotted with decent competition which he has dominated.
The intriguing thing about the match is who will be the underdog when the lines are released? Prangley is past his prime, Alexander Shlemenko is a small 185 lber. The point is that Lombard hasn’t been in with the level of competition he is about to walk into.
But Lombard is an elite athlete, with aa judo background as well as over 30 MMA fights under his belt. Lombard could legitimately be considered one or two wins away from getting a title shot as well. Stann is a stiff tst but if he is able to make short work of the ‘All American’ then it could mean one more fight and then a shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
On a final note, I would love to hear some details about the UFC offer, and what it was that Bellator felt they did not want to match? Certainly, an offer like that means that the UFC may want to fast track Lombard