Hector Lombard to Face UFC Vet Prangley

Lombard has won 24 fights in a row (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
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Non-Title Fight Set for Bellator 58 on November 19th

The next action for Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard has been confirmed, with the Cuban mixed martial artist taking on UFC veteran Trevor Prangley (23-8-1) in a non-title bout at Bellator 58. The fight will occur on November 19th, and the location of the encounter will be the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

“I just want November to get here and knock someone out,” Lombard remarked. “I doesn’t matter who it is. I just want to do what I do and that’s win. I don’t know much about Trevor, but it doesn’t matter. I’ll be in front of my fans in Florida, and it’s going to be a show.”

Lombard is a Black Belt in Judo, and the 33-year-old fighter competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in that discipline. He began his mixed martial arts career in 2004 and broke onto the MMA scene in 2006 as a competitor in PRIDE, where he suffered the only two defeats on his resume. He then joined the Australian-based Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) in 2007 and won the CFC Middleweight title in 2009, successfully defending his belt seven times since winning it. Currently on a 24-fight unbeaten streak, Lombard last stepped into the Bellator cage in May when he defeated Falaniko Vitale in Atlantic City. The powerful striker became the inaugural Bellator Middleweight Champion when he ran through the season one tournament in 2009, and he most recently secured the inaugural Australian Fighting Championship Middleweight Title in September by stopping American Jesse Taylor.

“Both of us are going to get in that cage and throw bombs, no questions asked,” Prangley said of his pairing with Lombard. “It’s no secret both of us like to stand and bang, and that’s exactly what everyone is going to get. I know Hector is really tough on his feet, but so am I, so he’s going to have to play my game when the cage door shuts.”

A native of South Africa, Prangley is currently amid the roughest stretch of his professional career with only one victory in his last five fights. However, the American Kickboxing Academy team member won 11 of the previous 12 matches he had prior to that. He has fought in a variety of promotions during his time as a mixed martial artist, including both in Strikeforce and the UFC. A few of his notable career wins include bouts over Chael Sonnen, Matt Horwich and Keith Jardine.

Tickets for this non-title fight are available now through TicketMaster, and non-local fans can also tune into the action on MTV2 or EPIX HD.



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