With UFC deal official, Hector Lombard calls out middleweight champ Anderson Silva

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Poor_Franklin
4/27/12 8:22:21PM
Well that didn't take long.

With the ink barely dry on his new UFC deal, former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) made his intentions perfectly clear.

"I want to be UFC middleweight champion, and I want to fight Anderson Silva to do it," Lombard stated. "I have such respect for him as a fighter. It would be an honor and a dream come true to test my skills against his."

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Twenty20Dollars
4/27/12 8:32:41PM
Beat a contender and we'll see.

Really only seen power from him, ground haven't seen, grappling haven't seen and I have seen him gas with all that muscle.
george112
4/27/12 8:36:05PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Beat a contender and we'll see.

Really only seen power from him, ground haven't seen, grappling haven't seen and I have seen him gas with all that muscle.



Exactly my thoughts.


Big words. Get past a gatekeeper then call em out all you want
Budgellism
4/27/12 8:49:49PM
He needs two big wins before he starts calling for Silva imo. Brian Stann seems like the logical first fight for him.
Twenty20Dollars
4/27/12 8:59:45PM
I do think he has power to take anyone out, but others will know that and will try to work on his weaknesses
Manak
4/27/12 9:32:57PM
Brian stann looks like a good 1st fight but I say throw him to the wolves, rich franklin or vitor. even though both guys are locked up it would still be nice or lisping, but stann is the only free guy right now for a good test at 185. but lets see him out his ass where his mouth is. or scratch cane from the 150 n put him in vs okami at UFC 150. He has talked a lot so I wanna see what he has right from the get go
Samps
4/27/12 9:43:19PM
Chris Weidman?
Twenty20Dollars
4/27/12 9:45:11PM

Posted by Samps

Chris Weidman?



I think he's face Munoz now.

I was actually thinking Leben at one point, but Idk what's going on with him.
Chael_Sonnen
4/27/12 9:47:00PM
C'mon Hector, be a true Cuban gangster and call out the real champ......Chael P.
NE-1
4/27/12 10:00:15PM
I like Lombard, but it's laughable to think he could hit Silva with his t-rex reach.
Bubbles
4/27/12 10:28:33PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

C'mon Hector, be a true Cuban gangster and call out the real champ......Chael P.



he already did

I'm surprised he hasnt called out Bisping or Wanderlei...it seems like they are always called out
tcunningham
4/27/12 11:58:20PM
i think he would lose to bisping, chael, munoz and vitor. i see him as a gatekeeper
Sir_Karl
4/28/12 12:12:44AM
Two things. Number one....Lombard is going to have to wait in line....and by the time he gets there Silva might not be champ. Number two....I think Lombard should have to work his way up the ladder before he gets a shot at the title. I don't care how many people he has beat in a row....most of those wins were against tomato cans, lower tier and middle tier guys....no real good fighters. I might be wrong but I don't think Hector is going to be too stellar in the UFC. The UFC is the real proving ground and very few "good" non UFC guys have made the transition and stayed "good". The UFC weeds them out quick. No matter what....we will soon find out.
cowcatcher
4/28/12 1:31:33AM
The thing I see Hector has going for him to get a fast tracked title shot is that he can get the early HL reel KO against anyone. If he gets a guy like Bisping or Munoz that's near the top and KO's him quickly/viciously then he has instant hype behind him and he's an easy sell for the UFC before you even get into his backstory and win streak. That stuff just makes him more intriguing to the average fan. Granted he has to land on a top level guy for this to play out and that's easier said than done, but don't hate his chances against anyone that will stand with him for any length of time, excluding Anderson. He's going to be fun to watch, win or lose though.
RhythmAndStyle
4/28/12 2:33:44AM
one fight that only matters to me when i heard Hector being signd..

Lomard vs Stann!!!!!!..make it happen
Pookie
4/28/12 2:45:59AM

Posted by NE-1

I like Lombard, but it's laughable to think he could hit Silva with his t-rex reach.



73" reach isn't bad for 5'9" at all. Height to Reach ratio wise, it's longer than Nate and Nick Diaz
NE-1
4/28/12 8:11:23AM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by NE-1

I like Lombard, but it's laughable to think he could hit Silva with his t-rex reach.



73" reach isn't bad for 5'9" at all. Height to Reach ratio wise, it's longer than Nate and Nick Diaz



According to CFC 16 at his fight with Joe Doerkson they have him at 178cm = 70 inch reach. I saw one site earlier quoting 67 inch.
SmileR
4/28/12 3:27:50PM
Calling out Anderson for your first UFC fight.....

We got a bad ass over here!

EDIT: it won't let me post the picture!
Pookie
4/28/12 4:19:47PM

Posted by NE-1


Posted by Pookie


Posted by NE-1

I like Lombard, but it's laughable to think he could hit Silva with his t-rex reach.



73" reach isn't bad for 5'9" at all. Height to Reach ratio wise, it's longer than Nate and Nick Diaz



According to CFC 16 at his fight with Joe Doerkson they have him at 178cm = 70 inch reach. I saw one site earlier quoting 67 inch.



I went off Wikipedia, which had 73 listed. The UFC listing will i guess be the canon one.
Tyzzler
4/28/12 5:06:10PM
Whether you think Lombard deserves a shot at Silva right off the bat or deserves to fight a couple of contenders first is irrelevant. It all comes down to the best decision for the UFC from a financial and marketing standpoint. That being said...
He won't get an immediate shot because he doesn't have a big enough fan base with casual fans and the fight would not be a big draw. There are hardly any fighters in MW that would be a big draw against Silva bc everyone sees him as unstoppable.

Smart move would be to give him a couple of decent, & possibly overrated, fighters that he can likely have big knockouts against, giving the UFC a few months to hype him by utilizing a big knockout reel and the title of "Bellator MW champion." This will give the PPV a much bigger draw by hyping him as a serious threat to the title & having the casual fan believe he has a serious chance to upset Andy. In the end, when Silva likely demolishes him, he will have served his purpose from a money standpoint before/if he becomes irrelevant, and more than anything, show how "superior UFC fighters are to Bellator champions."

While having him get demolished by a Vitor or Wanderlei might be fun for fans and also prove how "superior UFC fighters are to Bellator champions," but it would make absolutely no sense to waste a potential marketing subject like Lombard.
lohmann
4/29/12 3:17:27AM
Well, at least he has not given up before even matching up against The Spider. Confidence is usually an asset.

Calling out Anderson Silva is a bold move and I like it.
Manak
4/29/12 12:40:12PM
If he want to go straight to title contention than maybe fight Jake Shields for his 1st fight back at MW. but brian stann still seems to fit best as Lombard 1st fight
Travesty145
4/29/12 1:49:13PM
lombard vs paul harris!
bjj1605
4/29/12 5:34:27PM

Posted by Manak

If he want to go straight to title contention than maybe fight Jake Shields for his 1st fight back at MW. but brian stann still seems to fit best as Lombard 1st fight



Jake Shields would be a good fight for him.

Either guy could win that and it would all hinge on the takedown.