Hector Lombard wants to test his skills against UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Hector Lombard has officially signed with the UFC
The UFC confirmed they had signed Lombard earlier today.
“I’m here in the UFC to prove I am the best in the world,” Lombard said.
“I want to be UFC middleweight champion and I want to fight Anderson Silva to do it. I have such respect for him as a fighter; it would be an honour and a dream come true to test my skills against his. I wouldn’t be in the UFC if I didn’t think I could win the UFC world title.”
He will make an immediate impact in the UFC’s middleweight division when he makes his Octagon™ debut this summer.
Lombard has amassed one of the most impressive records in professional mixed martial arts, compiling a 31-2-1 (1 no contest) record since turning professional in 2004. He has defeated many UFC veterans including James Te Huna, Kalib Starnes, Jay Silva, Falaniko Vitale, Joe Doerksen, Jesse Taylor, Trevor Prangley and Brian Ebersole.
He has a fearsome reputation amongst his peers and with 17 knockouts and seven submission wins on his record, it’s hard to deny that Lombard should be considered an immediate contender in the UFC’s talent-laden middleweight division. He has tremendous punching power – delivered from a southpaw stance – and, as an Olympic judoka and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he is equally dangerous as a grappler.
This is actually the second time the 34-year-old judoka has inked with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation. Lombard put pen to paper to fight in the UFC in 2007, however a visa issue kept him fighting in Japan and his adopted Australia for several more years. But now, riding a hugely impressive unbeaten run which stretches back 25 fights and nearly six years, Lombard enters the UFC with an enormous international reputation.
“I first came to Australia for the Sydney Olympics and I fell in love with the place. I didn’t want to leave. I met a girl who I married and became the mother of my kid and, if I could train in Sydney, I would. I have to train in the US because I can’t get the top level sparring in Sydney but I would stay in Sydney all year round if I didn’t have to train in the US," he continued.
“I am proud to be Cuban and want to represent Cubans but when I win the UFC world title, I will be bringing the belt to Sydney.”