The UFC‘s middleweight division could be receiving a boost in the near future as Hector Lombard has been offered a contract. Lombard, the current Bellator middleweight title-holder, will hear from Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney very soon regarding whether or not the promotion will match the UFC’s offer as they’re contractually able to do.
Lombard’s only two professional losses have come to Gegard Mousasi and Akihiro Gono, the former being his last loss and coming nearly six years ago. He owns 31 total career victories including 24 finishes.
“We’ve received the final proposed UFC agreement from Hector’s attorney, and right now, we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement,” said Rebney, in a recent interview with Sherdog. “As soon as (this Friday’s Bellator 66 event) is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass.”
This is not the first time Zuffa has gone after Lombard. Back in 2007, the Cuban judoka was scheduled to face Karo Parisyan at UFC 78 before visa issues kept him from making the fight.
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MMATraining Take: Lombard has been highly-regarded as one of the best non-UFC fighters out there. If he is added to the UFC roster, the middleweight division will receive a giant boost in depth and talent.