After it was publicized recently that the UFC had offered Hector Lombard a UFC contract, a contract offer that Bellator had the opportunity to match. Apparently the contract offer from the UFC was too high for Bellator to match. Bellator has decided to decline the opportunity to match and has let Lombard go to sign with the UFC.
Lombard announced the siging via his twitter account:
Bjorn Rebney spoke to mmafighting.com about the signing, saying:
"We have a business model where we make decisions based on analyzing data, Since the first day we came into being, we made decisions based on real models, not hypotheticals. The UFC model is largely based on pay-per-view, and the offer they made to Hector is going to be monetized via pay-per-view. While pay-per-view could play a role in our future, today it doesn't. So, we did our due diligence to review the UFC contract, analyzed it in terms of charging our audience to see Hector vs. putting him on free TV, and we decided to allow the UFC to sign Hector, where I am extremely confident he will win the UFC middleweight title on pay-per-view."
"There was no reason to make him wait, We got the information. We got the very long UFC contract, looked at the data, did the analysis, and made our decision." Rebney stated.
Rebney had nothing but kind words for Lombard when discussing his departure.
"He was a great fighter here, and there's no doubt in my mind he'll be a great fighter when he goes to the UFC, I've said for a long time he's the best middleweight in the world, and I think he'll win the UFC title in short order." Rebney said.
This now leaves Eddie Alvarez as the next unsigned top fighter for Bellator, and with all of the talk of both sides having a breakdown in talks, it would not be reaching to say that we could see Alvarez jump ship as well. Alvarez just won his last fight on his Bellator contract. Will Bellator be able to keep Alvarez is the big question, considering they could not afford to keep Lombard, it's quite possible we'll see Alvarez inside the Octagon soon enough.
Lombard, who was born in Cuba now makes his home in is an Australia, he is also a 4th degree black belt in Judo and former Olympic Judo competitor for Cuba. Lombard now trains out of Boca Raton Florida at American Top Team. Lombard brings a very impressive 31-2-1-1 record into the octagon with him, 17 of those wins have been via knock out with 7 submissions and only 7 decisions. Now all the doubts about Lombard and how good he really is will finally be put to rest.
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