Hector Lombard’s Bellator contract expires, will not rematch Alexander Shlemenko

Hector Lombard‘s contract with Bellator has officially expired.

That’s according to the promotion’s CEO, Bjorn Rebney, who is currently working on resigning Lombard, who was originally scheduled to rematch the two-time Bellator Middleweight Tournament winner, Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko, in late 2011. Just recently, Shlemenko released a video where he “officially announces” the rematch with Hector Lombard won’t happen, claiming that the reigning Bellator Middleweight champion is out of reach for any type of communication.

In an exclusive interview with MMAMania.com’s Brian Hemminger, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney spoke about the current situation around Hector Lombard‘s future with the promotion:

“We’ve got the right to match on any deal. We’re either gonna sign him before he goes out the to marketplace or he’s going to go out to the marketplace and we’re gonna have a determination as to whether we’re gonna match or not match and we’re gonna see where it ends up. I love the guy and he’s an awesome talent. He’s been nothing but a pure pleasure for me to work with. He’s been a great guy for me to work with and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and every time I’ve put him in a cage, he’s knocked people silly. You can’t really ask for more than that from a guy.”

Only a few weeks ago, UFC President Dana White spoke about getting interested in signing Hector Lombard, stating that if the Cuban is interested in testing his skills inside the Octagon, the UFC would not hesitate in acquiring his services. Lombard is currently 31-2-1 in his MMA career, with 17 KO/TKO and 7 Submission finishes.


21 Comments

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    NateDogg

    March 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Come to the UFC baby :)

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    Fluidity

    March 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hector Lombard is THE ONE fighter i’ve wanted to see in the UFC for a while now. I beg you Hector, GO to the UFC !
    I don’t see anyone being able to handle his pace and power at MW and him vs Anderson Silva would be EPICCCCC !

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    mattystorm1987

    March 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    hector was at ufconfx2 in australia he was at the weight ins as well when he was aked about fighting for the ufc he wasnt keen at all i think he just wants to stay where he is.. but if dana waves a little bit of cash in front of him he could change his mind real quick.. i hope he does go to the ufc just to see how he goes but if he doesnt want to i guess there isnt much dana can do..

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    Fluidity

    March 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    There’s a lot of fighters that i would love to see in the UFC like Mousasi, Melendez, Fedor ( a bit less now but still) Barnett and a lot of others that i can’t remember right now, but i think Hector Lombard is the one i wanna see more than anyone compete in the UFC. I think he’s on another level in terms of power, strength, speed, pace and excitement ! It’s too bad that he doesn’t seem keen to come go to the UFC. I wonder why seriously, as an athlete, don’t you wanna compete with the best to know where you’re at ? Plus, don’t you wanna make 10 times more money ? I’m confused…
    Let’s hope he makes the right move before he’s past his prime.

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    chiller

    March 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Come to the UFC Hector, and prove yourself here if you think that you are soo good.

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    M1_Global_Gangsta

    March 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    He is not keen.because he i scared of losing. He prefer the MMA fans to think that he MIGHT BE the best MW in the world than losing to some top guys and be exposed.
    Maybe Hector would beat the top UFC MW fighters, I would say he has a good chance of beating them ,but, its not sure.

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    David Saucier

    March 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Dont worry folks Hector is coming to the UFC

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    KeithFarrell

    March 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    are you his manager lol?

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    GianGiacommo G

    March 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Let’s test this guy in the UFC already,he talks a bit too much in my opinion.

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    Entity

    March 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    as you perceive it.

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    ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    March 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    against silva or okami i would put money against him, against belfort i wouldn’t make a bet, against the rest i’d put money on him, but i agree he prefers that people say “he COULD be the best mw in the world” rather than fight silva and lose all his hype

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    MMArmaggeddon

    March 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Hector Lombard is a beast. His short, stocky build gives him fantastic one punch KO power and he’s got a very underrated ground game (Black belt in Judo and BJJ). His problem? His punches can be sloppy when he’s got somebody hurt, and his gas tank is more like a gas thimble, as his one defence turned into a glorified judo session.
    People who think Zuffa can outbid Bellator should also know that Bellator is owned by their former media partners (Viacom), so they can back Rebney and match any bid the UFC throws him. I doubt Zuffa will throw him anything significant with bonuses (i.e. a PPV %) and Bellator will match it. While there is a winning streak with Lombard (20 wins) to talk about, there is no amount of hype surrounding the arrival or even his apparent “release”. He knew EXACTLY whom Jake Shields was talking about when his contract was up. Lombard? I’d be surprised.
    Lombard is smart he gets himself a one fight and title shot type of deal. Dana White is smart, he knows that sometimes it works (rampage) and sometimes it doesn’t (shields). Ultimately though, it will come down to whether or not hector lombard wants to be a big fish in a small pond, or move to a bigger pond and fight bigger fish?

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    MMArmaggeddon

    March 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hector Lombard is a beast. His short, stocky build gives him fantastic one punch KO power and he’s got a very underrated ground game (Black belt in Judo and BJJ). His problem? His punches can be sloppy when he’s got somebody hurt, and his gas tank is more like a gas thimble, as his one defence turned into a glorified judo session.
    People who think Zuffa can outbid Bellator should also know that Bellator is owned by their former media partners (Viacom), so they can back Rebney and match any bid the UFC throws him. I doubt Zuffa will throw him anything significant with bonuses (i.e. a PPV %) and Bellator will match it. While there is a winning streak with Lombard (20 wins) to talk about, there is no amount of hype surrounding the arrival or even his apparent “release”. He knew EXACTLY whom Jake Shields was talking about when his contract was up. Lombard? I’d be surprised.
    Lombard is smart he gets himself a one fight and title shot type of deal. Dana White is smart, he knows that sometimes it works (rampage) and sometimes it doesn’t (shields). Ultimately though, it will come down to whether or not hector lombard wants to be a big fish in a small pond, or move to a bigger pond and fight bigger fish?

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    ksooner76

    March 12, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Dana already sent a ticket so you know he is going………….

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    ksooner76

    March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I would love for him to fight Bisping for his 1st fight cause he is going to want to let Dana and Co that he is for real so he will put a beatn and I have a grudge with Bisping cause he is so FAKE and disrespectful and
    never owns up to the the way he acts or has acted is always someone elses fault

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    Krogan

    March 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Well it’s not up to Lombard its up to the UFC, and the UFC has to make Lombard an offer that Bellator can’t match so yeah its ENTIRELY up to the UFC at this point.

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    badblueboy

    March 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    is he still fighting khalidov?
    i was really looking forward to that fight…

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    Entity

    March 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    You just posted why I think Hector has waited this long and he may not come at all.”Bellator does not have the depth to offer a serious or risky challenge for Lombard.”
    Sounds pretty damn safe and secure to me.

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    smeac

    March 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    match up against palahres( spelling not accurate) would be the perfect test and welcome to the big leagues fight,,,,please make it happen dana!!!!

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    chiller

    March 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Lombard is a can, he doesnt belong in the UFC

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    Chief Don

    March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    the one thing that worries me is that the UFC is famous/infamous for matvhing guys like Lombard super-hard in the debut bouts
    along the line of the Pettis-Guida match-up
    and more than a few (many of the Japanese guys) end up looking a lot less than spectacular.
    I would hope they would tailor-fit Lombard with a foe that could win but would more likely end up in his string of KO’s
    which would set up a mage-match with Silva

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