Lombard unloaded on Goodman tonight at Bellator 24 (Photo courtesy of Bellator.com).
Lombard Needs Just 38 Seconds to Knock Out Goodman
Hollywood, Fla. (Thursday, August 12, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard (26-2-1) continued his run through the division tonight at Bellator 24 from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and he continues to do it very quickly. Lombard needed just six seconds to drop Jay Silva in his last fight at Bellator 13, and it only took 38 ticks to run through former NFL running back Herbert Goodman (15-9) tonight in a non-title bout.
The fight started with the two squared off in the middle of the cage until Lombard attacked. The Cuban power-puncher, who has knock out strength often compared to that of Mike Tyson, sprinted forward and caught Goodman with a vicious right hook to drop the Homestead native to the canvas. Lombard then jumped his opponent with a series of brutal punches before the referee dove in to stop the assault. Goodman immediately stared off in a daze, completely checked out after the beating. The official time of the stoppage was 38 seconds of the first round.
In other action at Bellator 24, which kick started the promotion’s third season, Neil Grove (9-2) looked impressive in a first round defeat of Eddie Sanchez (12-4) in the opening phase of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament. An early barrage by Grove dropped Sanchez in the early going, but the California native was then allowed back to his feet. Grove then unloaded a fury onto his opposition and quickly threw him to the canvas. After pounding Sanchez with a powerful combination of hooks, Grove backed off to let his opponent once again stand up. The referee then ordered Sanchez back to his feet, but he called the fight when he did not answer his call quickly enough. The official time of the knockout was 1:32 of the opening round.
A pair of Women’s Tournament fights also took place on the main card, with Megumi Fujii (21-0) submitting Carla Esparza (3-4) with an arm bar at the 57 second mark of the second round, and Jessica Aguila (9-3) choked out Lynn Alvarez (5-2) via an arm triangle at 4:01 of the first round.
Another announcement was made tonight that season two lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran was forced to pull out of his upcoming title fight with Eddie Alvarez due to injury. Roger Huerta will step in and replace Curran to fight Alvarez in a non-title bout at Bellator 33, which is slated for October 21st.
As a side note on the evening, former Elite XC and UFC heavyweight Kimbo Slice was in attendance as a spectator. While nothing particular can be read into that fact since Slice is a native of neighboring Miami, it was a rather interesting sight to see. Now, if he shows up at Bellator 25 next Thursday in Chicago, then we have a story.