After being crowned the Bellator champion he walked into the Octagon riding a 26-fight unbeaten streak and world of fans on his shoulders. He was supposed to be “the next big thing”.
UFC officials gave the stand-out an unmatched signing bonus and fighter salary that was worth a small fortune, but this investment hasn’t paid off in the cage.
UFC President Dana White took to the UFC 158 post-fight press conference and said he has no regrets signing Lombard:
“No, you can’t ever look at a guy as a mistake,” said White at the 158 post-fight press conference. “If a guy gets to a certain level, you bring him in.
“It’s like when people try to compare these other shows to the UFC. You might be great in all these other shows, but when you fight here, you never know how great or not great a guy is going to be.”