Did you know Lombard fought Brian Ebersole in 2008? That’s one of the names I recognized on an impressive list of knockouts and submissions among his current 24 fight win streak. Of course if Ebersole is one of the top ranked names on his list, that isn’t exactly impressive for someone who is considered in line for a title shot against Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Watch as Lombard dispatches one opponent after another in this black and white highlight reel.
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If Lombard earns his title shot against Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch at UFC 149 on Saturday night, I believe his biggest critics will bring up two facts. He definitely lacks competition against quality opponents and his extremely offensive style may create serious holes in his game.
What people don’t realize is that Hector Lombard was a Judo Olympian for his country of birth, Cuba. He currently trains with the likes of Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, and Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante at American Top Team in Florida. This dude is no joke. He puts people away, has been to the Olympics, and trains with extremely skilled mixed martial artists.
At the moment the other fighters vying for a position to face the champ include Michael “The Count” Bisping, Briann Stann, Alan Belcher and Chris “All-American” Weidman. I’m glad Bisping and Stann are set to fight each other. At this point neither man deserves a shot since they both recently dropped a fight to Chael Sonnen.
Weidman is an interesting choice of course. After destroying Mark Munoz I can see where he would start to enter the title picture. Recently he called out Anderson Silva in an attempt to make his case for a title shot. He stated that he would not only beat Silva but he would finish him. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to see Weidman attempt to out-wrestle Silva for five rounds without getting caught. If he won the title through that lay and pray nonsense, I definitely would dislike him for the rest of his career.
I love watching Silva win and I’m fine with him losing. But as long as judges award fighters points for laying on top of another guy for five minutes without dealing out damage then I’m definitely not going to appreciate anyone who approaches Silva with such a style.
This is where I tend to give the nod to Hector Lombard. If he is given the opportunity to fight Silva, he won’t shy away from his stand up game or wait for Silva to dictate the pace. He will move forward and try to take his head off, Mike Tyson Style. In the end his style and persona would set up a pretty exciting fight with strong promotional value.
If Weidman can beat another top competitor then give him the next shot. Until then, my money is on Lombard. Well, I’ll buy the pay-per-view but I’ll definitely not be putting money on him beating Anderson Silva anytime soon.