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Old 04-18-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lombard offered UFC deal

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Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney now knows what he is up against regarding the UFC’s courtship of Hector Lombard.

The Chicago-based promotion’s founder told Sherdog.com on Wednesday that he recently received a copy of the UFC’s proposed contract to Lombard and will soon make a determination on whether to re-sign the heavy-handed southpaw.

“We’ve received the final proposed UFC agreement from Hector’s attorney, and right now we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement,” Rebney told Sherdog.com on Wednesday morning. “We’ve got the 60 pages of UFC contract that were forwarded to us by Hector’s counsel. We’ve been waiting on the actual contract itself to see all of the specifics and every conceivable detail and know exactly what is being offered. Now we have something really specific to look at.”

Bellator’s reigning 185-pound champion, Lombard has looked unstoppable during his three years with Rebney’s organization, winning the company’s inaugural middleweight tournament and posting a perfect 8-0 promotional record since his 2009 debut. Lombard’s contract expired earlier this year and the fighter is currently in a period where he may openly negotiate with rival promotions. However, Lombard is not an unrestricted free agent, as Bellator still has the right to match any competing offer.

“The reality is that Hector is going to do extremely well whether he is fighting in the Octagon or the Bellator circle, and I think everybody knew that. He’s one of the best middleweights on the face of the earth,” Rebney said. “He hasn’t fought in a long time, and he had to wait through these periods contractually to get to a point where he could go out and seek an offer from a competing organization.”

While Bellator still has a period to match the UFC’s offer, Rebney has no desire to drag out the negotiations. Instead, he says that the promotion will make a determination soon to avoid stringing the fighter along.

“Out of respect for Hector, I think we will turn [the UFC contract] around very quickly,” said Rebney. “Obviously, we have a huge event coming up Friday [Bellator 66]. As soon as that is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract line-for-line and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass. [If we pass, we will] wish him the best and let him go knock out everybody in the UFC.”
http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Bel...-to-Come-41965

I wonder what the financial terms are.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feel confident that he will lose his first two to three UFC fights before being given walking papers.
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Hopefully this deal goes through and we can finally see if he lives up to the hype. I honestly have no opinion on him so for me this is just the possibility of a really good signing.
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I don't think he'll be kept around for long, that or he'll end up having a reduced salary very soon.

He's no different than Palhares, he's a can crusher.
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I hope he moves to UFC. He has a great record with quick stoppages and 25 minute wars, against a big variety of skillsets and physical forms. Exciting, powerhouse of a fighter.

Who's to say he wont do well? Just people who want to drag this thread up in two years and claim to be the messiah if he doesnt. I dont care if he's never the GOAT in MMA, I just want to see great fighters compete.

Lombard is a great fighter.
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Who do we say hypothetically could be his 1st opponent?

I'd like to see him vs. Leban. But that might not make sense. Probably should at least give him a guy coming off a win.

Maybe a guy like Ed Herman.
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i would really like to see
Lombard vrs Bisping TUF Aus vrs UK

this would be a great event for australia and would be just what the TUF needs due to the popularity (good or bad) with both of these guys and would be huge for the local scene here.

im biased due to being an aussie and he may not be deserving of this match but Lombards record is still very good and he is the bellator champ. the UFC would win/win with this fight regardless of the result. They gain the ability to promote there new addition and the aus - uk rivalry would be huge.

if lomabrd wins alot of people underestimated him and hes now a legitamate UFC contender on a collision course with some top fighters/title shot.

if he looses the ufc just smacked bellator and there hype as a legitamate competitor and we see exactly how far he falls and who he can compete with on a large stage.

will be interesting to see how this plays out but my fingers are crossed
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**** yeah. Lombard will **** guys up in the UFC.

Him vs Stann would be perfect stylistic match up. even though he would maul him.
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I wonder what the financial terms are.
Not sure but I guarantee if the UFC actually wants him then they would include a pay scale based on money paid per PPV buy because that is a term of the offer Bellator by not having PPV would be unable to match. It basically would give Lombard an out to work around Bellator's matching clause.
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Not sure but I guarantee if the UFC actually wants him then they would include a pay scale based on money paid per PPV buy because that is a term of the offer Bellator by not having PPV would be unable to match. It basically would give Lombard an out to work around Bellator's matching clause.
Don't guys like Anderson, Rampage, Jones, and guys like that get PPV %?

I can't imagine Lombard being in that group, right off the bat anyway.
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