Though his best days have long since passed, former Bellator
MMA champion Hector
Lombard believes he still has something to offer.
American Top Team staple will face Anthony
Smith in a three-round middleweight showcase at
UFC Fight Night 116 this Saturday at the PPG Paints Arena in
Pittsburgh, where he aims to put an end to a career-worst
three-fight losing streak. Lombard owns a disappointing 3-5 record
Ultimate Fighting Championship and has not competed since he
wound up on the wrong side of a split decision against four-time
NCAA All-American Johny
Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 105 in February. Historically one
of MMA’s most devastating offensive fighters, “Showeather” has put
away seven different opponents in less than a minute.
During a long and successful career that stretches back nearly 13
years, Lombard has compiled his share of intriguing statistical
1: Olympic teams made. Lombard represented Cuba in
judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
20: First-round finishes to his credit. Lombard’s
six-second knockout against Jay Silva at
Bellator 18 remains the fastest stoppage in the promotion’s
25: Consecutive bouts without a loss. Lombard
enjoyed a stretch of almost unimaginable success in his prime,
going 24-0-1 between Feb. 16, 2007 and Nov. 19, 2011. Wins over
Ebersole and James Te
Huna highlighted his run, which was interrupted only by a July
2007 draw with Kyle Noke.