Lombard has already compiled 25 wins in his MMA career.
Vicious Combo Ends the Night Early for Silva
Monroe, La. (Friday, May 14, 2010) – Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard’s night lasted just six seconds on Thursday following a brutal knockout of UFC veteran Jay Silva at Bellator 13. After a right hand from Silva was blocked by Lombard (25-2-1) in the non-tile bout, the Cuban native unleashed a vicious two-punch combo that dropped Silva (5-4) to the canvas.
“That’s the Hector Lombard I expected to see tonight,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said after the fight. “He is a tremendously talented middleweight who I believe is one of the best in the world, and now American MMA fans are getting to see what some of us already know.”
Lombard was able to sum up the night just about as quickly as he was able to score the knockout.
“That was beautiful,” he said with approval.
Lombard is a black belt in Judo, and he 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 joined the Australia-based Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) in 2007 and won the CFC Middleweight title last August after doctors stopped a bout with Jared Hess. He has successfully defended his title three times since becoming the champion.
Lombard, who now fights out of South Florida, was rumored to have been signed with Elite XC in 2008 before the now defunct organization went under. He also made headlines this past December when he publicly announced that he wanted to fight UFC veteran Dan Henderson, who now competes in Strikeforce.
The Bellator Fighting Championships were founded in 2008 and cuts its events into seasons, with each event hosting the rounds of championship knockout tournaments in four weight divisions. Bellator saw success in its first season and recently returned for a second campaign in April. The organization conducts its fights under the United Rules of Mixed Martial Arts and broadcasts its events on such platforms as NBC, Fox Sports Net and Telemundo.
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