There are not many fighters in the world rankings that do not have the UFC attached to their name. One of those select few is Hector Lombard.

Lombard, who currently wears the Bellator middleweight belt, recently saw his contract expire with the promotion. While he currently in an exclusive negotiation period with Bellator he is free to negotiate with any fight promotion he chooses after that though Bellator will have the opportunity to match any offer he receives.

The Cuban has compiled a sparkling 31-2-1 record during his fight career with wins in 24 of his last 25 fights, and even UFC President Dana White talked about him entering the Octagon while overseas in Australia recently. However, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is holding out hope that he will be able to keep one of his biggest attractions.

“I think he’s the best middleweight in the world,” said Rebney in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “We’re trying to work dynamics with him (and) see if we can put a deal together. If we can’t put a deal together, he’ll be able to go out to the open market and talk to the UFC.”

Rebney added that Bellator will work to match any offer that Lombard receives with the best business intentions involved in that decision.


MMATraining Take: The UFC would present Lombard with the biggest challenges to his career, and deepen the middleweight division – which, is currently without a lot of contenders outside of Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping and a select few others for UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Still, Lombard has remained in Bellator for several years now, and could decide to stay with them and leave his mark in MMA through the promotion.