Hector Lombard was one of the most highly sought after free agents in the MMA business just a little over a year ago. Back then the former Bellator Middleweight Champion was 31-2-1 and was riding an extremely impressive 25-fight winning streak. That kind of streak doesn’t just come around every day and UFC president Dana White knows that, so he took action and made Lombard an outrageously big offer that he could not turn down. However, since signing with the UFC and finally scrapping with the big boys in the business Lombard has been disappointing, to say the least. The highly touted veteran has gone 1-2 in his first three UFC fights and both losses have been extremely boring fights.
Lombard first stepped into the UFC cage against the scrappy and tough Tim Boetsch in a fight that many considered to be a fight between top contenders and if Lombard could put together an impressive victory over Boetsch he would likely set himself up for a UFC middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva. That never came to fruition as the fight was one of the biggest disappointments in the company’s history. Lombard looked hesitant, unprepared, and unimpressive. Many fans were left scratching their heads while thinking, “this is the guy everyone was talking about?”
Lombard lost that fight to Boetsch by split-decision and was forced to reinvent himself and prove to the UFC that he was indeed worthy of fighting inside the octagon. He came back strong in his next performance by earning an exciting, quick KO over the dangerous Rousimar Palhares and he looked as if he was back in the hunt for a UFC title shot.
That hunt, however, was also short lived as Lombard again allowed himself to be out-pointed in his next performance in another split-decision loss, this time against Yushin Okami at this past weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in Japan. Lombard came out strong and aggressive but was unable to win the grappling exchanges that Okami constantly initiated. The loss now puts Lombard at a 1-2 mark inside the UFC cage with two ugly performances in the two losses. The crazy hype that once surrounded Lombard has pretty much vanished completely at this point and many fans and fighters are wondering what the company is going to do with him next.
UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen stated in the UFC on FUEL TV 8 post-fight show that the UFC should cut Lombard because it can no longer justify paying him such a large amount of money based on the performances he’s put on inside the cage.
With all the cuts and pink slips being handed out by the UFC brass as of late do you think Lombard should be sweating bullets or do you think he is safe and employed for at least one more fight? And if he is sticking around for another scrap, who would you like to see him paired up against? Let’s hear what you have to say Penn Nation…