The world of bare-knuckle boxing continues to snatch up the likes of several notable MMA names.
Ahead of the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship’s eighth event, more and more big-name signings are being announced… Add Hector Lombard to the list.
Just a few weeks ago, it was confirmed by FanSided MMA that legendary Brazilian, Wanderlei Silva, has joined the promotion. With his signing yet to be officially announced, that reveal is expected to take place next weekend on October 19 at BKFC 8. That event will be headlined by former UFC heavyweight title challengers, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga.
As of Tuesday, another notable MMA star is going to be making the transition into gloveless fisticuffs. The BKFC revealed via press release that former Bellator middleweight champion and UFC veteran, Hector Lombard, has now signed with the organization.
“I’ve wanted to fight for this amazing organization for a while and I’m excited that it’s all come together,” Lombard said via the press release. “Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is the next level of fighting and I am glad to be part of it.”
The rise and fall
Cuba’s Lombard is an Olympic silver medalist in Judo and was a staple of the early Bellator roster as he made his promotional debut at their third event. He would end up winning the middleweight crown in his third outing in Bellator in the finals of the Season 1 tournament. Thus making “Lightning” the inaugural 185-pound champion.
The Judoka would amass an astonishing record of 31-2-1 before becoming a free agent. Therefore leading to him finding his way to the UFC in 2012. What would be a decent stint for the incredibly hyped former champ would, unfortunately, end rather poorly.
Lombard would go 1-2 in the UFC before dropping down in weight and making his welterweight debut. In doing so, Lombard would score two vintage wins to go under his belt. His third would come over Josh Burkman… initially, that is.
The Burkman win would end up getting overturned after the Cuban tested positive for anabolic steroids. Since then he has gone 0-6 which inevitably led to his obvious release from the UFC.
When Hector Lombard, 41, will make his bare-knuckle boxing debut remains to be determined along with his opponent.
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).