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Bellator Champ Hector Lombard May Sign With UFC

Written on April 19, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard in negotiation with UFC Promotion, Bellator to decide if they could match their offer

’s first and current middleweight champ may possibly end up signing with Promotion. Lombard’s contract with Bellator Fighting Championships ended last fall.

UFC’s contract gives Bellator the option to match their offer or release him from the roster of fighters.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in an interview last Wednesday:

“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,”

“We’ve got the 60 pages of UFC contract that were forwarded to us by Hector’s counsel. We’ve been waiting on the actual contract itself to see all of the specifics and every conceivable detail and know exactly what is being offered. Now we have something really specific to look at.”

“Out of respect for Hector, I think we will turn [the UFC contract] around very quickly,”
“Obviously, we have a huge event coming up Friday [Bellator 66]. As soon as that is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract line-for-line and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass. [If we pass, we will] wish him the best and let him go knock out everybody in the UFC.”

Lombard last fought at Bellator 58, November of last year. He won in the second round, defeating Trevor Prangley with  TKO. If he stays with Bellator. he will likely face Russian fighter Alexander Shlemenko in his next bout.

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