One of the most dynamic Mixed Martial Artists outside of the Octagon is unquestionably Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard. Possessing a record of 30-2-1, the 33-year old Cuban has been unbeatable for nearly five years over which he’s won twenty-four fights, including his last nineteen, with the only blemish involving a Draw against Kyle Noke in mid-2007.
Lombard improved on his impressive run this past weekend in Australia at AFC 2 with a Heel Hook of TUF alumnus Jesse Taylor who himself has also looked sharp as of late. The finish came a little less than 90 ticks into the scrap’s second stanza and was the seventh submission victory of the judoka’s career. It also snapped a five-fight winning streak for the 19-7 “J.T. Money” featuring success against Denis Kang and Murilo Bustamante.
Taylor is one of a long list of talented foes felled by Lombard without the involvement of scorecards, joining the likes of Niko Vitale, Joe Doerksen, and Brian Ebersole with the defeat. Also notable, Lombard himself has never been finished, only losing decisions in the past to Akihiro Gono and Gegard Mousasi.
Next in line for Lombard will likely be a date with the winner of the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament if not a non-title “superfight” beforehand. Possibilities, at least where the former is concerned, include a number of interesting options involved in the tournament like Brian Rogers, Sam Alvey, Bryan Baker, Zelg Galesic, or a rematch with Season 2 finalist Alexander Shlemenko who took Lombard the distance in a losing effort last October.
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