Now that the time of one-on-one exclusive negotiations with Bellator has ended, the UFC has officially offered the middleweight star Hector Lombard a contract to join the UFC. With 17 KO finishes, the dominating Bellator middleweight champ would be a huge additional to the UFC’s middleweight division and presents a new threat to Anderson Silva’s belt. This by no means is a done deal as Bellator still has the option to match or outbid the UFC’s current contract offer. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on the situation by telling Sherdog the following.
“We’ve received the final proposed UFC agreement from Hector’s attorney, and right now we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement. Obviously, we have a huge event coming up Friday. As soon as that is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract line-for-line and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass. [If we pass, we will] wish him the best and let him go knock out everybody in the UFC.”
Time will tell if he will make his UFC debut. Hector was once inked to fight in the octagon all the way back at UFC 78, but passport problems ruined the opportunity. With a record of 31-2, he will come in riding a 24 fight unbeaten streak. Not to mention that the champ is a proven fast paced, five round fighter. Some will criticize that the winstreak lacks top tier competition, such as a top five UFC fighters resume would show, he has defeated everyone of relevance in his path. Should the big fish in a small pond not move on to the vast sea of the UFC, he may have to face harsh criticism as the Bellator middleweight champion.