The middle weight division has been put on hold once again as Anderson “The Spider” Silva waits to see if Georges “Rush” St Pierre can defend his title and challenge him in the biggest super fight this generation has ever witnessed. Of course nothing is official yet.
With this in mind; two of the division’s elite look to turn the eye of the champ in their direction by making a statement at UFC on FX 6 in Australia on Dec., 14th. Former Bellator Champ Hector Lombard and Jiu Jitsu wizard Rousimar Palhares will meet in the main event.
Both fighters are coming off losses and both have been entrenched in controversy of late. Rousimar is known for making crazy decisions in the Octagon that have led to suspensions and even speculation by UFC Pres Dana White of his level of sanity.
Known for not letting go of submissions, complaining to the ref, and losing focus in general, he has been seeing a sports psychologist according to his manager reportedly by mmajunkie.com. Hector, on the other hand, is no better off in fair estimation.
Touted as the Mike Tyson of MMA, Hector entered the UFC to an immediate contender fight against Tim Boetsch, of whom he lost to in a close decision. The whole fight was disheartening to many fans since Hector seemed poised to make a move during the fight, yet never committed to an attack strategy.
Claiming his failure to “fight” was due to a prior injury, he has promised to put on a stronger show in the future, and yet many of his fans seem hesitant to believe his sentiments. It could have been the UFC jitters which Dana White refers to as a legitimate obstacle for rookies in his organization, or maybe just a great game plan by a very adept opponent in Boetsch.
Regardless, both fighters will have an opportunity to breathe new life in to their MMA careers with a victory on Oct. 6th. This one seems simple for both competitors, which is to say, look for a classic striker vs. grappler fight in this one.
Palhares is a ground fighter who many consider the best jiu Jitsu practitioner in the sport (next to Demian Maia). Lombard is coming off a 25 fight win streak recently snapped and has a slew of KO finishes to prove he can throw bombs. Both fighters are short, muscle bound, and intense pressure fighters in the cage. If the fight goes to the ground, Palhares has the advantage. If Lombard keeps it standing, of which is highly likely due to his Olympic Judo pedigree, he will probably score a win.
Witness the potential of Hector Lombard from a fight during his reign as the Bellator Middleweight Champion in the video below as he scores a 6 second KO against former UFC fighter Jay Silva.
VIDEO COURTESY OF BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS..