Saturday, March 10, 2012
Yet, I would argue that it is too soon for Lombard to make the switch from 'Rebney-land' to 'Dana's World'.
Yes, Hector Lombard is an accomplished Judoka who has transitioned to a successful mixed martial arts career. The Cuban fighter has dropped only two losses out of a whopping 35 professional bouts and currently rides a 24-fight win streak. With that and the fact that he's a behemoth 185lber with powerful hands to match his judo qualities, on paper Lombard looks like a god fit the for the UFC.
So far, no one has risen from Bellator's tournament rosters to oust the champion, Lombard. However, there is one waiting in the blocks, who I believe has the skill and ability to give Hector a run for his money, and that is Maiquel Falcao.
Maiquel Falcao is perhaps most known for his brief stay with the UFC. He defeated Gerald Harris in 2010 in a controversial bout at UFC 123. As for the rest of Falcoa's 28-4-1 record, Falcao spent the greater majority of his pro career freelancing the Brazilian pro circuit.
Go ahead, and shake your head, but the fact of the matter is, although Lombard has the potential to be competitive among the UFC's lower card fighters, he is no match for the UFC's top middleweights -- Silva, Sonnen, really??? But, paired against Falcao (given he makes it through the Season 6 tournament) Lombard could find himself evenly matched. If anything, we could see Hector Lombard face his toughest competition in a long time.
Meanwhile, Bellator has also signed some promising middleweight prospects in Bruno Santos (12-0), Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (15-1), and Vitor Vianna (12-2).
Either way it goes, Season 6's 185 lb. brackets look to be the meanest yet. If the re-up money is good for Lombard, we could be in for a real show this year!